WRITING TIP: Tempted to put off writing?

writing tip
Creative work that asks us to extend ourselves beyond our normal limits is harder than scrolling through Facebook or shopping for mustard. Here’s why it matters which we choose to focus on: If we are given the impulse to write, whether to better understand ourselves or to communicate from a place of depth with others, this is an impulse toward contributing to the soul of the world, and it matters far more than the things most of us do instead. “My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely,” Mary Oliver wrote in Upstream. “It does not include mustard, or teeth. It does not extend to the lost button, or the beans in the pot. My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all.”