If you are a writer, you don’t necessarily always care how much of a response you’ll get from you work. It’s, obviously, quite welcome if people like your work, but writers write and so the response can be secondary. I am noticing, however, that part of the fun of writing is publishing a piece, watching the response, and seeing how it changes what you feel about the topic.
A few months ago, I was struggling to come up with a topic to write for my monthly Ms. JD post. I lamented about this to my husband and he reassuringly told me that “something would come” to me. Still worried, I grumbled to myself at his platitudes as I left to go take a walk. Literally 10 minutes into my walk, it occurred to that what I was then doing was my topic: exercise. In particular, the ways that busy lawyers could find the time to do it. I finished the walk, came home, thanked my husband for having more faith in me than I had in myself, and started writing. I had a first draft by the end of the day.
Considering the trouble I had thinking what to write, the post got a good response. Clearly, this isn’t because of any brilliant insights I included as to exercise science (there weren’t any). Rather, it was because I wrote about something that many attorneys and professionals in general feel: that we want to exercise more but struggle to find time to do it regularly. This suspicion was confirmed when I I learned that my blog post was featured this month by Women Lawyers News.
In short, sometimes you don’t know how things will work out. But sometimes the not knowing is what leads you to something new and good. As my husband told me, the key is to relax, take a break, and just let it come to you.