Writing is my reward. I’ve always been a chronic daydreamer. Maybe that’s because you had to work harder to entertain yourself before the internet and smart phones. I’m not really here today to brag about how awesome Generation X is. There’s plenty of that on the social media platforms. Hilarious stuff, really. Makes me chuckle.
I love all the usual things: books, movies, video games… meme wars. Working out is something I do because I love getting lost where no one bothers me and I don’t have room in my head to worry.
But, and this is the inspiration for my post today, none of those things are what I’m talking about.
Somewhere on YouTube, late, late and night, I watched a random motivational expert talking about removing all sources of dopamine stimulus (games and other smart phone stuff) and replacing it with work. He argued that the mind could be trained to see completed work, or even the process itself as a reward generator.
I am seriously paraphrasing here.
What I realized in one of those 4:52 A.M. epiphanies is that I’ve been doing that for years.
A writer friend asked me what happened when I took a day off. (I’d been complaining about overwhelm and fear of burnout because I found myself writing four books simultaneously.)
My answer was that when I am gifted with a large block of free time, I almost always find myself starting another writing project. Because I just love it and can’t help myself.
As a writer, it is a good problem to have. So long as you can meet all the commitments you start. So far this year, I’m doing really well in that regard.
Because I took a chance and made writing my full-time gig. Sure it’s scary, but it has always been my dream.
I’m gushing with gratitude over here. For real.
Have a great rest of your week.