And it’s dawning on me again that you hear so much about “the writing life” and what it’s supposed to be like — and there’s no such thing. There are just lots and lots of writers’ lives.
Sure, there are similarities — I think most of us can’t get by without, oh, say, knowing how to type — but. Way back when I was at Clarion, the fabulous Karen Joy Fowler told us that it was really debilitating to compare ourselves to other Clarion graduates — and by extension, to other writers in general. But it’s so hard not to. It’s a lesson I have to relearn over and over, so I’m glad for the chance to learn it again.