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Yes to all this!!! I often have the most fun (and feel the most like a writer) after that brainstorming/thinking/stalling phase, when I’m finally writing. If/when it sells, my relationship with the work definitely changes. It’s not nearly as fun and magical, for instance. But I still feel most like myself--most like a writer--when I quit dragging my feet and dive into the revision or copyedits or whatever the work needing doing is.

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I think the fact that you identified it as "whatever the work needing doing is" is important too -- there are so many different things we do truly need to do to make this happen. I know, for me, some are significantly more fulfilling than others

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100%. The writing is way more fulfilling than the social media, self-promo part. At least for me.

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Yeah, me too. In some ways I don't mind the self promo too much, but doing it on social media feels like doing the somewhat fraught task of promoting myself in a potentially terrible and angry environment. Which makes the self promo not at all fulfilling.

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Nov 18, 2022Liked by Julie Falatko

A great inspiration...

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This is all so true. There's no getting around that writing everything but a book is not going to get you a book deal, ELAYNE! :) (I'm actually doing good, deep work this week. But it's fun and necessary to yell at myself from time to time, anyway.) Great reminders! The cemetery setting continues to set just the right tone for your pep talks, side note--we have time to make our goals happen--provided we use that time well.

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Ha, yes, WRITE OR DIE, I guess.

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I was just like, "That's so fun, there's got to be a bumper sticker or something out there for this..." and I was not disappointed. https://paper-luxe.com/products/write-or-die-sticker

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It's also the name of a great podcast hosted by Claribel Ortega and Kat Cho! https://writeordiepodcast.com/

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