I recently attended a writer’s conference in which editor and author, Lisa Mangum, taught a class about writing the first draft. But before she even started, she asked this question:
Not what or how or where – why?
About six months ago, I struggled. I worked through personal trials and work trials and so many things that were stacked against me. Frustration and sadness and jealousy visited often and I truly wondered what I was doing.
But after these emotional surges (and usually something chocolatey) I always, always, always went back to the writing.
Because though I know in my heart that I long to be published, the simple fact is that I have stories within me that I want to tell. I have a longing for creating words, and working on this craft fills my soul. It’s a rejuvenating act, something that nourishes my spirit. And when I’ve had a frustrating day, I find myself drifting toward my laptop, the story I want to tell, the characters I want to create.
So how did you answer the first question? Really think about it, really understand your answer, and then know this:
- Find your own goal
- Define your own success
- Climb your own mountain
Tasha Seegmiller is a mom to three kids and high school English teacher in Southern Utah. She writes contemporary women’s fiction with a dash of magic. Her loves include Diet Coke, owls, chocolate and cinnamon bears. She is the managing editor for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association quarterly newsletter.