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. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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