I’m new to Facebook. I’m not going to lie, I stayed away for years to avoid the drama. I’m grateful for my calm existence, and I wasn’t looking to allow mundane chaos to infiltrate my life.
As a newly published author, I decided it was time to swim in the sea of friends and followers via Facebook and Twitter. I’m happy to say that, amidst the chatter, there are gems to be found. One such polished crystal was posted by a friend, and fellow writer, John DeDakis. It is from the site BRAIN PICKINGS, titled How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Peacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work.
Steinbeck wrote daily in his diary as an ode to accountability. The way that he captured how light days can easily shift into dark places is something I believe all writers can relate to. I know I can.
Here is one of the many empathetic excerpts from the Brain Pickings post with a poignant Steinbeck quote.
“Problems pile up so that this book moves like a Tide Pool snail with a shell and barnacles on its back,” he writes, and yet the essential thing is that despite the problems, despite the barnacles, it does move.
That reminds me of the Chinese proverb – Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
It’s wonderful to be reminded that baby steps are as important as giant leaps!
Thank you, Facebook!
You can check out more of Steinbeck’s writing truths and inspirations at the Brain Pickings site – https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/02/john-steinbeck-working-days/