The funniest (strangest) thing about writing to me is how easy it is to see greatness in what I read, and how hard it is, sometimes, to replicate it.

I find this fascinating. I assume that any serious creative endeavor takes lots and lots (years, a lifetime) of sustained practice. I get this. I sure get it. And if I’m lucky, my writing gets better, and maybe I get closer and closer to what I am trying to say.

I just think it’s interesting how easy it is to recognize what I love, when I’m reading.

It’s — of course — an entirely different mindset, and role, when I am the writer. Then I just have to trust and get out of the way. And hope that eventually, after drafting and redrafting, that something good will emerge. It takes a lot of trust.