Do What’s Best for Your Work

Quite some time ago, I wrote with another writer on occasion. The other writer had created a charming story about relatives some of whom I happened to know. During that period, we both attended a writing seminar in which the facilitator made some radical suggestions that the other writer accepted. In my opinion, the result was first-degree murder of the heart and soul of what had been a very moving story.

That was one of many similar experiences that caused me to be receptive when the concept of Motivational Writing presented itself to me. The mere possibility of allowing writing to bring out the best in serious writers from the author’s perspective has been irresistible since the idea’s inception.

Now, I’m so grateful to be in touch with motivational writers every single day. What a tremendous blessing! Recently, a writer produced an extraordinary preface. When I raved about it, that writer said, “It makes me feel like I know what I’m doing!” That is true for all of you—the more fully you embrace your work as serious writers, the more confidence and certainty about your storytelling will emerge.

In sharing that exchange with yet another motivational writer, the practice of “doing what’s best for the work” surfaced. It’s beautiful when what’s best for the work is also what’s best for the writer, but that is not always the case. Writing involves intensive decision-making every step of the way. With practice, it can become a great comfort to know exactly how to answer the very important question: What is best for my work?

Think about this.

2 Replies to “Do What’s Best for Your Work”

  1. What’s best for her work…..What’s best for the writer! My goodness, this is fabulous, as I believe the work speaks for itself and carries it’s own unique voice! Love it!!!

    1. Yes! Thrilled that you “get” this, Venus. I’ve become *very* focused on “training” readers to see serious writing from the POV (point of view) of the author instead of the other way around. This shift comes from hearing some readers ask formulaic/unoriginal questions that are not especially relevant. For example, in writing fiction, if someone asks, “Did that actually happen to you?,” just to get into your business, that is not a real response to the quality or content of the writing. I’m just getting warmed up on this topic…

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