If there is one thing I’ve learned over the last year of writing its that creativity and interest alone cannot drive a writer. And, although I’ve been writing for several years now, it wasn’t until the last year that a deep rooted realization of this fact actually sunk in. There are several factors that have played a part in this realization, some being reader’s feedback and support, some being a shift in confidence. But one thing is certain, a growing obsession has somehow fused itself into my bones. It’s braided itself in my bloodstream. I honestly can’t tell you how healthy it actually is, but a harsh reality of the matter remains, and continues to grow. I AM OBSESSED WITH WRITING!!
This quote rings true in so many ways. Talent comes with a continuous strive for improvement, caused in part by obsession. You cannot consistently grow a talent without some form of obsession. Personally I don’t JUST THINK about growing every single day, but I work at it. I sit down in front of my lap top every single day. I read something that will help me to grow and improve every single day. Doing is what transforms you from a dreamer to an achiever. No mater how far down the road your finish line lies, working to get there (every day) is key.
Another realization that I have come to over the past year, is that there is literally no such thing as perfection. At all! Period! There is only progress and daily improvement, driven by the illusion of perfection. Again rooting back to OBSESSION. As a writer, I personally feel that its imperative to embrace that fact, and truly allow myself to feel the humility in it.
In conclusion: Be Obsessed, if that’s what it takes, because not ALL obsession is a bad thing. It can be productive and self improving if used the right way. Use your obsession to grow your talents, and feed your creativity rather than eat at it. Lastly, if you do feel that obsession deep down in your bones, then please oh please keep the ego that it can sometimes create in check. Stay humble… Obsessed, but humble nonetheless.
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