I've been thinking about writing goals and query letters and being published. Why, when we only reach a smaller word count then we'd aimed for in our daily writing, do we feel guilty? Why do we place such importance on an agent’s response to a query letter? And why do we feel that we aren’t “An Author” unless we’re published?
Why can't we be proud that we've done something, which is much more, and much better, than doing no writing at all?
I think it's because we live in an age of quantity. The media shapes us with the notion that larger, faster, and more are often synonymous with better. We're told that we need to find more time, more possessions, and more everything to be truly happy.
However, do we ever stop to think that a smaller quantity of anything, but one which is high in quality, will almost always be more satisfying? Surely, one fulfilling writing experience can eclipse many empty moments of not writing.
It’s not the quantity of writing that matters, but the quality that we experience during each moment of doing what we love to do. Every minute is an opportunity to develop confidence and self-respect, and exhibit courage by actually writing, rather than just talking about it.
Quality can make life sweeter. When we focus on quality, all our writing, and our life, experiences can become truly meaningful. Often, in the pursuit of quantity we cheat ourselves of quality and forget that, ultimately, it's not how much we write or do each day, but what we make of each moment that counts.
Instead of worrying about successes and failures, let’s just celebrate every word we write, whether one or one thousand, whether published or not. Let’s see every rejection letter as a badge of courage, for telling stories is our dream and writing for the joy of it can only make the quality of our lives better.