Striking a Balance By Melissa Barker-Simpson

A Round of Words in 80 Days

As people we compare ourselves to others, it helps us to (among other things) modify behaviour, learn, and to grow. When you’re a writer, comparing yourself can be a double edged sword. In fact, it’s easy to get lost.

If you were to look at the characteristics of a ‘typical’ writer, besides the obvious results like; well-read, observant, passionate, and imaginative – you’ll also find descriptions like self-disciplined, and organised. While all of these are true, there are times when we hone in the one skill we don’t possess and, (during our darkest moments) convince ourselves the absence of something means we’re doing it wrong.

This post is all about finding a balance, accepting who we are, so we can find a way to deal with these insecurities. Because we all have them. We are, after all, a contradictory blend of self-doubt and confidence.

So, on the subject of balance…

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I love the George R. R. Martin quote! I think I just fell in love with the gardener analogy. But I can see how being a gardener would let you be a bit of the architect while still leaving room to see how things grow on their own. I think I am going to become a gardener right now. And I am a big fan of finding balance (maybe a Libra thing). There’s a little of each side of things in us all. We just have to find our right mix.

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m not a Libra (my daughter is), but I try to find a balance in all things. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad you liked the quote – I love the analogy too 🙂

Writers, more than any other profession, require individualism and creativity. I think every time you differ from others or do things in your own way, it’s a good thing.

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