the act of writing

I’m reading “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, and the other night I came across this passage, that I thought was pretty amazing.

But I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do – the actual act of writing – turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffiene, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.

For someone in my position – an inexperienced writer and an aspiring author – I think I REALLY needed to read that.

Whatever it is YOU do, make sure you are enjoying the journey and don’t just have your eyes on some destination in the distant future you hope to achieve.