1. people who are selfish narcissists are known to be self-obsessed and say that they love their work
2. most people would prefer not to be seen as selfish narcissists
3. most people try to avoid saying things like "I love my writing"
your writing sucks as a consequence
if you don't love it, why would you ever expect anybody else to even like it?
and so they stay in 1-4
1-4 is tedious and boring
sometimes it's worth going to 8 to get burnt sometimes, better IMO than staying in 1-4
[all of this assumes you're a maker to begin with]
"If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. [...] you are not being yourself. You don't even know yourself."
But when you DO make something you love, LOVE IT.
Your taste demands it!
But you do it because YOU want to read the book! See the picture! Hear the song!
you do the endless reading
you write and discard draft after draft
you dig into the research, following up on the footnotes
you do the editing and reworking
you chase the horizon of perfection
then it necessarily follows ... you will make work you love
the love is a careful, considered, nuanced love
it's the love of having counted the characters
it's the love of rolling each and every word around in your mouth
it's the love that KNOWS, that when it's GOOD, it's GOOD
throw yourself into the oncoming train that is your heart
explode into a million pieces of color and light
be bigger, so much bigger than you thought possible, ~angry~ and ~loud~
and yet also: kind, soft, sweet