What mom taught me about writing

Today my mom is coming to visit me. She’s staying for three weeks, and I’m writing these lines as she’s making her way through the airport in Vancouver. Then, she will fly to Calgary.

I’m getting married next month. Her presence, support and guidance means the world to me. There’s a lot of things going on in my life right now. Big and exciting changes are coming my way, and I wouldn’t be able to get through them without her.

I’m thinking this is also the case for writing. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be motivated to be a writer. Here’s four tips she gave me to get started.

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A Public Declaration: I Want to Be a Writer

Do you define your work or does your work define you?

The answer is so personal. It’s entirely up to each unique personality in the world.

Some professionals focus hard on their goals and work until they get where they want to be. Others decide to get job to pay the bills and work on their passion project at night or on weekends.

Any of those options is fantastic as long as you can clearly envision what satisfies you.

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If you want to write, you have to relax

Relax.

That’s constantly the advice I get from friends and family. I seem to go around life feeling like I need to meet lots of expectations every day.

After 30 years of living in this planet, I’m starting to realize that’s just worthless. All I need to do is relax and enjoy my own journey. It’s not about expectations and adding pressure on myself.

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