Navani Knows How to Become a Writer

There are days (not many but some) when I question why I write. I question everything about my writing. I question if anyone even reads it half the time or who really cares. This is what I like to call the slump. It’s like PMS for your career. I just don’t feel like anything I want to write makes sense or is good enough. Then I stomp away from my computer in a complete tantrum and try to think of other career paths that I might be well suited for.

This, I thought, was my own weirdo cycle- specific only to me. And it troubled me greatly too, until I came across an article by Junot Diaz on Oprah.com ¬†recently. Funny thing is, he describes going through similar bouts with his writing. The tantrums. The ripping up of the pages. The vow to pick a more “stable”, more rewarding career. I realized I was not alone. Who knew?!¬†

I figured if this is what aPulitzer Prize winning writer goes through, I must be on the right darn track. So on a day like today when it’s cold and I am feeling utterly useless and uninspired (I know, I’m sorry -I can’t ALWAYS be inspiring lol), I will lean on someone else for some words of encouragement.¬†

Check out Junot’s article “Becoming a Writer”. Hopefully, it will make you fall in love with the process all over again. Or at least pep you up enough to write another day.