There’s a beautiful state of being—what experts call a flow state—that sometimes overtakes authors while writing. It’s like time ceases to exist, and a writer is fully invested in/experiencing the words as they come.
If you’ve experienced this before, you know we can’t live in this state because we forget to eat, drink, and sleep, but that flame of creative clarity is life-bringing.
Existing and fully enjoying the process of writing makes it so worth it during the “normal” days of working (i.e., the revisions, blank pages, stuck ideas). I love writing, with or without the flow state, but I come back each day with the fire in me to make something beautiful and—if I’m lucky—enter that blissful zone.
But when that’s not enough, here are a few of my favorite quotes from authors. I hope they help you, too:
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” ― Jodi Picoult
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach
“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heffer
“Writers live twice.” — Natalie Goldberg
And one from me: “Just keep trying!”
Being an author, especially a self-published one, is a game full of constant learning. It can be hard, but it’s infinitely rewarding to create a book full of people that didn’t exist before! What a magical thing to do.
My fourth book, The Invisible Circus, came out on 12/1/2022. It’s proof that we can all keep moving and grooving and publishing!
If you like light fantasy, adventure, and romance set to the beat of the circus, are a fan of The Greatest Showman’s flashiness, and enjoy layers of characterisatio, then I invite you to check it out on Amazon!
By Lindsey Bakken