‘You know you are on the right path, when you feel inspired, energized and happy about your actions’
This quote by Doreen Virtue generally applies to every path we walk in life, and I would say it’s also a great reality check for those who are aspiring to be a writer.
Whether writing gives us any material benefit or not, it should make us feel inspired, energized and happy. Writing should come naturally. It should not be a forced act.
Testing myself against these criteria, indeed there are times when I’m unable to write much but such moments are very few, as normally speaking I have rather too much to write.
Also, writing almost always makes me feel happy, though at times when writing deep stories and poems, I do feel slightly depressed. Probably that’s the cathartic part of writing process and therefore, happiness in writing is all about eventual contentment derived from the overall process of writing as it becomes food for our soul.
It’s a different issue that, even after identifying how happy we feel in this act of writing, we may still hesitate to consider writing as our sole career path. Along with other apprehensions, we may fear it will make us an introvert, esp. if we have other options that are seemingly more lucrative as well as socially more vibrant. This is when we need to take a tough decision – Do I love writing enough to let go of every other path?
This soul-searching is necessary because, in any field, success can be obtained by not only ascertaining that this definitely is a right track for us, but also by patiently staying focused while slowly treading the path that may or may not give desired results in a ‘worldly’ sense. And yet, if we are more or less sure we are following a right path by being a writer, the least it will give us is mental fulfillment and inner peace.