I gave everything I had to my writing, Jill.
Every experience became fuel for my writing engine.
I don’t think I understood fully that I had one precious life to live and I’d been living it exclusively for my work.
Now I understand.
It’s important to honor your work, to do the best you are capable of doing.
But it is also important to honor the unique and precious life you’ve been given, and to live that life fully.
Experience life with all of your senses…explore, taste, feel, listen to every opportunity that presents itself.
If those experiences work their way into your writing, that is good.
But if you have experienced them only for the pure pleasure of the experience, that is every bit as wonderful.
Thank you for asking such a thoughtful question.