Before a writing or editing session, sometimes I stroll around Tumblr sites as a warm-up. This weekend, I came across this quote from Roald Dahl (from Ginger Wonder Wild), and it spoke to me — especially being in the mindset after putting together a guest post for Just Add Tea.
A few years ago, I made the decision to ramp up the energy I devoted to writing. I wrote well before that, but it shared attention for many other things in my life. Since increasing my time spent writing, it’s been quite a ride.
Cold on some days, lukewarm on others. But when the writing flies white-hot and passionate, holy smokes, it’s an exhilaration. Losing myself in the story. Hurling down a highway in a convertible, in bright sunshine, without worry of flashing blue lights in my rear-view mirror, a police officer pulling me over for speeding.
(The cop comes later, on editing days. And he’s a stickler for correct punctuation.)
Along with this experience, I’m delighted when I see other people click with something that — I would guess — gives them a similar rush. I read it in their poetry and stories. Hear it in their music. Taste it in their food. It’s a gratitude that they took that extra step to share their passion with the rest of the world.