Writing the Train

little-engine-that-couldI’m a bit late to the party, but I recently read Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).  I bought it on a whim, as my Girls’ Weekend was approaching.  While I enjoy funny books, I tend to gravitate toward heavier, non-fiction reads.  Case in point:  Men We ReapedThe best book I’ve read this year.  But I digress.

In the book, Kaling writes:

“It’s always been incredibly challenging for me to put pen to page, because writing, at its heart, is a solitary pursuit, designed to make people depressoids, drug addicts, misanthropes, and antisocial weirdos (see every successful writer ever except Judy Blume).”


Funny, but true, right?  Most of the time putting pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) has come relatively easy for me.  But not this week.  This week everything has been especially hard.  But that’s Kaling’s point.  Writing (even for someone as talented and funny as she is) can be a challenge. She has a long history of odd jobs leading up to her boost to stardom – the Off Broadway Satire Matt and Ben. She was tenacious in her pursuit until she eventually found wonderful success.  And now she’s written a book.  Without ever having a blogShocking, I know.

So while I’m not ready to write about why this week has been so difficult, I am going to continue write.  Even on days when it seems especially hard because:

  • It is extremely cathartic (even if I’m the only one who benefits).  Selfish, but true.
  • I’ve met an amazing community of women (and even a few men) who are talented and funny and let me “e” hang with them.  Did you know 1 in 6 people have a blog?  For reals.  Posting a kiddie pic with a caption for Grandma Betty once a quarter counts.
  • My blog is like The Little Engine that Could.  It’s not growing by leaps and bounds.  But it’s growing.  I’m blessed with more followers each and every day.  And that makes me happy.  And validates the effort and embarrassment of rocking a monokini (I can’t stop talking about it).
  • The more often I write, the better I become (or at least that’s what my husband, mom, and aforementioned new cyber friends tell me).
  • And last but not least, if I can make one person smile or strike a chord with a mother struggling to Eat Clean and/or Live Dirty, then it’s a success. Relating, sharing, and caring matter.

Thanks for riding the train with me.  On good days and bad.

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5 thoughts on “Writing the Train

  1. I feel like we are kindred spirits. I JUST finished Mindy’s book as well (for my new book club) but started it on the way to my Girls Weekend. I seriously remember that quote struck a chord with me about why it too me so long to start my writing/blogging. And, I hope you continue writing, as I love it! Hope all is well!

  2. I’ve never heard of Mindy’s book but I am definitely intrigued. Always up for a good read.

    There is nothing selfish about taking some alone time and writing. Someone compared my blog to a form of prayer in that I feel connected through it. Keep up the good work! M

  3. I have Mindy’s book, but haven’t read it yet. And yes – I agree, the writing is sometimes hard & I love your The Little Engine That Could analogy. I too can relate to that, too.

  4. I haven’t read Mindy’s book but I love the cover! Sounds like it might be a good one! I have those same feelings about blogging and growing a blog. At the end of the day for me it always comes down to just enjoying writing and putting a smile on someone’s face other than my own…usually my mother’s. 😉

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