I once asked Joanne Lipman, if writing about hard things, difficult things, things that infuriate you, frustrating things, wrong things … if it ever gets easier.
I was hoping that she, as a seasoned pro, would give me some cheerful encouragement. I was hoping, I think, for a secret, some magic pill for placing emotions in a jar and carrying on.
But she didn’t have anything like that. Instead she bluntly told me, it doesn’t get easier. Even after so many years, she admits she has to step away sometimes. What keeps her going is to remember why she is writing … who she is helping and the change she wants to effect.
It’s advice I come back to quite often.