Insecure Writer’s Support Group–Yes, it’s the first Wednesday of the month already!

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Here is the question for this month for the Insecure Writer’s support group  It’s a blog hop, so feel free to join the fun!

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

Not all the money I make from all the books I’ve sold.

Not even the fame

Maybe because I don’t have those.

Yet I keep writing.

I think what I like the most is the feeling of flow.  A long time ago, I read a book called Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly.  

In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

I don’t always feel that when I write, of course, but sometimes, the words just flow and I am one with the world and myself.  That is my favorite thing about writing.

“Most enjoyable activities are not natural; they demand an effort that initially one is reluctant to make. But once the interaction starts to provide feedback to the person’s skills, it usually begins to be intrinsically rewarding.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Many days, I’m just aware of the struggle, the effort it takes to get started.  But those moments when I get past that–they are the best–they keep me coming back for more.

One more quote and then I’m off to bed:

“Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we
make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last blockon a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage. For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Good night!  Thanks for stopping by!

Go Cubs!!!!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

4 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group–Yes, it’s the first Wednesday of the month already!

  1. Wowie! A lawyer, teacher and a writer! I get what you say about the zone and how it requires effort to get started before an activity becomes enjoyable and thus rewarding. Since the last 6 months, I have started Olympics style air pistol shooting. It gives me the same high as writing. The difference is – I made more effort in the sport than the art (which I have been pursuing longer). Visiting from ISWG. Keep writing Susan 🙂 More power to your pen.

    • Thanks. It’s great to find things that are so engaging. And I like to learn new things, too, although I have never tried (or even heard of) air pistol shooting. It sounds great. Aim for the stars!

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