Mojo Monday: The Big Secret in Life (Writing)

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.

Oprah puts it like this: “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

Here’s my take: “The big secret in writing is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you work your arse off.”

And it’s true. You can.

Sure, in the “working” period there’s little recognition, few pats on the back, zero minutes of fame, moments of self-doubt, zero minutes in the limelight, etc.

And yes, the working period can (and most likely will) go on for a long time. Weeks, months, years, decades.

And all of that can feel like crap once in a while.

But (and here’s the hard part), too bad.

If you want it (you know, the big IT), you must do the work.

So go…work your arse off this week. Let nothing deter you.


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7 Responses to Mojo Monday: The Big Secret in Life (Writing)

  1. Yup – that’s it!

    On her Master Class series, Morgan Freeman said (and I paraphrase): “I kept wondering ‘why isn’t it happening for me?” until I realized, it was happening, I just wasn’t being recognized for it.”

    Well, that just about says it all! *smiling*

    • That’s it, Kath! We often get so caught up in the recognition aspect of writing that we miss the rest of it…the really important stuff…the delightful fact that we’re becoming better writers, stronger storytellers,..we’re discovering our voices and figuring out how to access those voices…we’re recognizing what catapults us into writerhead (ocular lavage…) and learning to turn to those things. It’s all marvelous and such a shame to miss if we’re caught up in the search for recognition.

      *smiling back*

  2. Amen to that! I have realized, over the last decade, that being a writer requires roughly 30% natural talent and a 100% hard work. Oh, and maybe 25% community . . . for those days we feel like curling up fetal in the middle of the ice cream aisle at Safeway is a better idea than trying to be a writer.

    Three cheers for dogged determination, a rock-hard work ethic, and communities like Writerhead!