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Blogger Quote of the Week: Lauren Sapala

The Blogger Quote of the Week comes from the post Born to Write by Lauren Sapala. She never ceases to amaze me with the quality of her posts. Her blog is a goldmine of insight and inspiration for writers and this post, in particular, was exactly the therapy I needed to treat my recent bout of melancholy.

I couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with me. I felt “thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” It was reminiscent of the feelings I had when I was working in a career I didn’t enjoy. But I’m a writer now, I thought, what gives? Maybe it was a heart ailment? I seriously considered that, even googled the symptoms I was feeling.

But after reading Lauren’s post, it occurred to me that I was a writer who wasn’t writing. What I’ve discovered is that if I’m in editing mode I must also supplement it with time spent writing. All editing and no writing make Melissa a very sad girl. For creative types, too much time spent in the left brain is just a mental and physical drain.

So I sat down to write and as the words flowed it seemed to start my blood pumping again. I felt rejuvenated. The malady had been cured.

Thanks for the words of wisdom, Lauren. I’m happy to say that I’ve rearranged my schedule to make writing and my resulting mental health a priority.

“If you are born storyteller and you’re not telling stories, your mental health will suffer. You will struggle with a constant depression that ranges from low-key to full-blown. Instead of admiration, you will be seized with fits of envy when you read writers you love. When you think about the future and what you will have done with your life, you’ll feel desperate, scared, and cynical.

These feelings are not a true vision of the way things are. They are skewed perceptions based on your deep, inner unhappiness. And that unhappiness is stemming from the fact that you’re not writing.”

Read the full post by clicking on the link above, and while you’re there check out her other posts. I think you’ll agree with me. Lauren was born to write.


Blogger Quote of the Week: Lauren Sapala

In a recent post, I decided to share a favorite quote from the blogs I’ve read during the week. This was more difficult than I anticipated. At one point I had several quotes listed and I was finding it difficult to pick one. You, my cyber friends, are a witty, introspective, and eloquent bunch.  While your words enlighten and amuse me, they also stir up doubts that say, “What the hell are you thinking? You don’t belong in this group. You’re a fraud, an imposter.”

Then I stumbled across this post from Lauren Sapala and it was exactly what I needed to read at the time. Was it a moment of serendipity or synchronicity? Some may call it a serendipitous event, but I’m that strange type that looks upon seemingly random occurrences dubiously. I tend to look for the meaning or the pattern in almost everything. It’s my way of trying to make sense of the world. I do feel in some strange way we are all connected at a higher subconscious level…metaphysically. I think when we are plagued with doubts and fears this metaphysical universe conspires to send us messages of hope until we can overcome them. And sometimes, like Lauren, we are the ones unknowingly sending the messages.

So without further ado, here is the inaugural Blogger Quote of the Week.

“Yes, today’s world is full of writers and the publishing industry is undergoing a complete revolution. Yes, it’s terrifying to put your work out there and be judged for it. Yes, you will question and doubt yourself, and you will wonder if you’re going to make it.

Yes to all of the above, and yes, you are still meant to be a writer.

That means that if you don’t write—if you turn away from your gifts as a storyteller—you will always feel like something is missing. You will always dream that your life could have turned out differently. And you will always feel an empty place inside.

The missing piece, the life that includes fulfillment, the sustenance to fill that empty place, these things are all to be found in your writing.”  ~Lauren Sapala