Writers, What’s The Rush?

Creatives live life in a state of anticipation — but sometimes the best thing you can do for your art is to take a breath and SLOW THE F*** DOWN.

Who Are You Racing, Anyway?

Us writers — and creatives in general — tend to feel a perpetual sense of movement toward…well, toward something. And underneath that mindless urgency is an unspoken feeling of being in a race against other, nameless figures who seek to ‘beat’ us at the creative game.

snail climbing up a plant on their way to creative success
snail climbing up a plant on their way to creative success
Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash

We Don’t Have A Finish Line, And That’s Both Awesome And Terrifying Beyond Belief

In many fields and industries, success is clearly measurable. It comes with fun things like titles and immediate pay raises, and if you’re really lucky you might even receive a useless but fancy-looking plaque to hang in your office!

We’re Playing Chess, Not Competing With Usain Bolt

There’s this familiar saying that comes to mind when we’re talking about creative pursuits: “we’re playing chess, not checkers.” Personally, I’ve found that most of us writers and artists have to go way beyond that.

cute little snail looking out at the world of writers and artists hopefully
cute little snail looking out at the world of writers and artists hopefully
Photo by Justin Lauria on Unsplash

Emily Sinclair Montague is a professional writer, author, and content strategist. Connect with her at www.wordsofafeather.net or on Twitter (@EmilytheMontag1)!

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