People ask me how to be a writer. Here's my short answer: listen to others and then follow your intuition.
I did just this yesterday. My friend, Amy, who spent the summer in Portland, told me to head to the falls. So I did.
But she told me to drive in a different direction. And instead I followed my intuition and found this lavender farm.
And then this was my first view of the Columbia River Gorge.
And this was my second.
I kept following my intuition and headed off the route toward a mountain top. I didn't know where I was going. You don't have to, either, in order to keep going as a writer.
Even when you're in the woods, there will be light to guide the way.
And this is what you'll find when you keep climbing.
Look around when you get there. You will be rewarded with long distance vision and the satisfaction that comes from knowing you reached the summit on your own two feet.
And then you can head back down and follow the advice of wise ones again. The waterfalls and rainbows from your dreams will be right in front of you.
I have seen a rainbow almost every day on this trip. It's starting to get common.
This is how life works when you follow your dream: a state of grace will enter your everyday vision.
You'll keep following your intuition. Stopping to pay attention.
It's a little like being in heaven. Except it's right here on earth.
The EarthJoyWriting book tour continues today in Eugene and tomorrow in Ashland. Check out the Book Tour page for more information.
Both free workshops will be held at public libraries. Remember my wise friend, Amy? She's a librarian.
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Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is the author of 13 books and a writing coach.