You’ve probably heard many similarities between writing a book and giving birth to a baby.
The time spent growing said baby can be akin to penning a novel. Once started, books and babies take on a life of their own, they’re always on your mind, interrupt sleep, people give lots of advice, your creation grows and grows as time progresses, and toward the end you cannot wait for it to be over.
Release day and delivery day are similar. Excitement, pride, accomplishment, and relief are common emotions. You post book reviews and book covers as you would baby pictures, feel disappointed when others don’t seem to ooze with joy at every success your baby or book accomplishes, and applaud each birthday and book anniversary.
Now and again, bullies may taunt your child or book. Kids aren’t always nice right? Reviews aren’t always glowing either. Your creation may not always be nice either. No story and no one is perfect. Yet, through every bump, bruise, challenge, and possible breakdown, you love your baby.
The biggest thing I learned from parenthood and authorhood are these:
- Learn from your mistakes, and try not to make them again.
- Don’t expect anything from your creation, other than its existence.
- Don’t be offended if people don’t appreciate the sacrifices you made, all the sleepless nights you put in, and the million small things you did to keep things running (but that went unnoticed) to create such treasures. You did all that because it was the right thing to do, not for applause.
- Lastly, create because your heart, the very core that is you, wants to do so more than anything.
Create because the act in itself fills a cosmic need that goes beyond words.
Create to spread the uniqueness inside of you.
Create because creation is the highest form of love.
About May Woodworth
A self-proclaimed ‘nature girl’ and avid traveler, May weaves her love of the outdoors in all of her tales. May began exploring the US and the Canadian Maritime at the age of 16, leaving her Boston roots to travel cross country and camp throughout Nova Scotia, the northwest woods of Oregon, the southern beaches of California, and everything in between. While pursuing a career in human services and raising a family, she also volunteered for countless organizations pertaining to ecology and wildlife conservation.