Something worth noting – and remembering
From the end of chapter nine of DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS: “Some people see what I chose to do as ‘enduring’, but I think the idea of ‘enduring to the end’ is a terrible philosophy, and an awful way to live one’s life. How you spend your days is how you live your life – and if you’re spending them ‘enduring’ anything then you’re doing it wrong. I feel the same way about regret. If everything in the past has value, then there’s no reason for regret, ever. With no regret, and no fear, there’s nothing left but possibility, and joy – and the realization that it is a wonderful world we live in, after all.”
Yes, congratulations, Theodora! Well devsreed.Your post was inspiring. You and James have both given me something to think about. There are some stories I find easy to write because I have so much passion for them. But then again, there are stories whose ideas I think are really good and that I get excited about, but I can’t for the life of me make them work. I keep thinking when this happens that I don’t really want to write them. Then I think, why don’t I want to? I feel there’s something fundamentally lacking in them that I can’t quite put my finger on. Writing is a riddle that I can answer probably only half the time. But maybe not all riddles need to be answered. They only need to be asked. I know this one thing above all: there is nothing in this world I want to do more than write stories. And I am writing them. Not all of them turn out, but enough, and those are the ones that really mean something to me because I put all my heart into them.
That is a wonderful philosophy to live by. Thank you for sharing it.