Things You Can (and Can’t) Control As a Writer

What you can’t control as a Writer

Meg Dowell

It’s no secret, among those that know me well, that I’m a control freak.

Over the years, I’ve learned to suppress my urge to maintain control of everyone and everything in my life (which is why I still have friends who love me … I think). But my natural impulse to be in control often does not make writing easy.

I get frustrated when my work doesn’t take off the way I think it will.

I get annoyed when I have hard deadlines for projects, and others stand in my way of meeting those time constraints.

The fact that I send pieces of writing into the world every day, never knowing exactly what’s going to happen to them, gives me anxiety.

But do you know what? It’s OK. In learning not to try seizing control of every little thing, I’ve also learned to take a more … “relaxed” approach to…

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