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 writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts helpful, science-backed pieces that come straight from the heart. Her writing about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood has appeared in The New York Times, Elemental, Forge, and more.

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