Writing is like driving a car at night

“Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” (E.L. Doctorow in his novel Ragtime)

I’m taking a course called #passiontopaid with @homsweethom. We had a live Q&A last night where, among other things, Lauren encouraged us to focus on “What you want to be known for in 2019” as opposed to anything significantly longer-term. As someone who aspired to academia for a long time, this shorter timeline is revelatory. And such a relief. I have young kids, and they change pretty much every day. Plus I’m their primary caregiver as a #sahm. This means that, while I am consistent to my values over time, the details often pivot with a rapidity that feels suuuuper uncomfortable. I love the idea of leaning into just the *very next thing* and taking it from there. ⁣

writing is like driving a car at night

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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