Keeping it Real

Please excuse me while I take some time out, to talk about this thing called writing, and this thing called life.

A few people have been following my publishing journey, which has been fantastic (massive shout out to anyone who’s read, liked or shared this blog. I am truly humbled).

However, some of these readers have assumed I’m doing well, based on my newsletter updates and blog posts.

I realise I’m posting only the rosy, only the good. Most of us are guilty of this, and I’m only human. After all, who feels like writing a blog post when life is shitty?

And writing – like everything else in life – means ecstatic times, and tough times, and times when I’d like to un-publish this blog and live my remaining days as a hermit in a cave in the pristine forests of Tasmania. Yes, that would be nice.

So I’d like to keep it real. Sometimes we forget to post the whole picture, the authentic journey, and I don’t want to mislead anyone. Life is not a series of happy snaps on social media.

This writing gig is hard. I mean, it’s really, really hard. If it were easy, everyone would have a fantasy series about boy wizards under their belt and would post a witty blog post every single day.

Does that happen in real life? Nope.

So while I may post that I’ve hit another milestone, or surpassed another deadline, most of that is only possible because I’m at my desk, bum in chair, chiselling out page after page, even if I don’t feel like it.

Case in point; I’m currently sitting at my dining room table (aka writing desk) typing furiously until my fingers cramp. On a Saturday night. I’m a real hoot.

So, is it all worth it? Absolutely. But just because I’m not whingeing, doesn’t mean life’s not sometimes a struggle.

There are days where I feel like the little ant in the picture above (look closely, he’s tiny), and I’m carrying a pile of stuff way heavier than my body.

Because whatever you’re into in life, if it’s something you have to work hard at, chances are it’s important to you. We’re all battling in our own ways, balancing busy lives, and only posting the rosy moments. Just know, that’s not the whole story, so let’s keep it real!

Yours in creativity,

Jackie

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2 thoughts on “Keeping it Real

  1. It’s a tough slog isn’t it? But it’s also what drives us and dominates our thoughts. Much respect for opening yourself up and showing it’s not all roses. You rock and I can’t wait to read your finished novel!

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