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 major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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