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Life and Writing

You won’t often hear me talking about the dangers of taking writing too seriously. If anything, most of us (writers included) need to be reminded of just how important writing is. It’s easy to forget.

However, writing (and reading) is important because it enhances life. It teaches us. It enriches relationships. It broadens our worldview. If writing didn’t make life better, it wouldn’t be worth much.

Today is Christmas Eve. Maybe you celebrate Christmas and maybe you don’t. Whatever your stance on “the holidays”, and whatever celebrations you do or don’t take part in, today is as good a day as any to remind you (and myself) that life is pretty damn important. More important than art. More important than stuff. More important than anything else, really.

Make sure you take some time (today or on any special day) to savor life and relationship. If that means you don’t pound the keyboard today, that’s okay. Writing should never take from your relationships. It should make them better.

Happy holidays to everyone. May your time with friends and family be fulfilling and joyful.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

2 Responses to life > writing

  1. Truer words were never spoken. I have a friend in hospital since the 21st, having her 3rd brain tumor removed. She’s my age, 43, and fighting for her life. She is one of the most positive people I have ever known, strong and inspiring, in the face of what is most likely terminal cancer.

    Anyway – perhaps slightly veering from the main idea you were getting at, but your post reminded me of how some people end up spending the holidays.

    Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends and most importantly, embrace your health.


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