“Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.”   Tom Clancy.

Let’s not forget about what really matters in this act of writing – it is an act of creation, of wresting from the emptiness of the unwritten page, and from the chaos of our thoughts, something new, something unique in the world that owes its existence to our hands.  

This is the closest any of us are ever going to get to playing God.  In fact, this act of creating something out of both chaos and nothingness reminds me of very familiar words:

“And the earth was without form and void, and a darkness was on the face of the deep…And God spoke and it was so…  “

And later: “In the beginning was the Word.”

Now, if you’re the sort that considers the words of the Bible as spoken by God Himself with one and only one meaning, then I apologize if I offend.  But just think of the possibilities in this phrase:  In the beginning was the Word.  Let it resonate in your writerly soul

We, as writers, use words to build entire worlds and populate them with people.  We determine the course of their existence, and whether their lives have  meaning.  

There is an indescribable power in this, and perhaps we all are narcissists at heart.

But, as always, with great power comes great responsibility:  not to let all this beautiful creation come to naught, to become nothing more than dust in a forgotten drawer.  Publishing – whatever that means to you – is a part of the creative process.  It doesn’t necessarily mean pursuing that publishing contract so many of us are dreaming of.  It does mean finding a readership for your work.  And it means creating the very best work you can create.  Nothing slipshod or half done, so that you, like the greatest Creator of all, can in the end look on your work and see that it is good.


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