If you focus first on craft and community,
you'll not only have a much better chance
of writing something other people want to read,
but you'll be part of a group of writers
who have made that journey with you.
And that, in and of itself,
bestows the most sustaining gift of all:
empathy, understanding, connection,
deep debates, camaraderie.
Not to mention
someone to talk you off the ledge
during those long dark nights of the soul,
when you're positive that no one
will ever want to read what you've written,
and are toying with giving up writing
and becoming an interpretive dancer instead.
This is exactly how I feel about all of you.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Let's continue to support each other and to keep talking each other off those ledges, because, believe me, no one wants to see me dance, interpretive or otherwise.