Cheap Pans… and other Musings on Writing
Some of you may know that in the past couple of weeks I have been displaced from my home. There was an emergency and so I’ve been in this temporary housing situation. I bought two little cheap saucepans, thinking that I’d only need them for three weeks maximum.
“This is going to be fun,” I first thought as I paid $10 for both pans. Well, it’s been a little bit more than three weeks and at this point I’ve thrown away both saucepans. In the course of cooking, at one point or another, they just started smelling really bad. Teflon, a chemical that gets released from using certain cookware, can be bad for your health. So I chucked both away.
What are we talking about here? This isn’t a cooking show. Well, as I was preparing dinner (not with the two cheap saucepans) I thought about how there are people who first buy these cheap products, not wanting to invest in high-end ones.
They’d buy cheap sauce pans then three months later they have to go back to the store to buy more because their old pans are defective. They end up paying $10 and get stuck on this cycle until they waste so much money that actually amounts to the cost of the $700 high-end cookware.
Most importantly, and most upsetting, is the fact that many writers treat their writing lives this way. They go to these free library groups and cheap writing classes over and over again without getting real results. What ends up happening, instead, is the more damage being done to their writing because of these choices that they are making.
Cheap solutions, just like those cheap saucepans, are not going to be the best and healthy choice you can do for your writing lifestyle. Writers who look to these cheap solutions are getting the wrong kind of feedback, the wrong kind of information from people who don’t really know what’s going on.
If writers choose to invest in themselves in the first place, not only will they save tons of money and time, they are doing what is best for their craft by getting actual, healthy results.
If this resonates with you and you are ready to make the investment of your writing life, let’s talk. Book yourself right into my calendar.
Happy writing. Happy cooking. Happy eating. Until next time.