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Eye on the Prize: Writer as Phoenix

When It’s Important to Remember Your True-and-Always Freedom

Sophie Masson

You’ve probably heard the inspiring myth of the phoenix, which rises, renewed, from the ashes of its former self. But if you go to the Wikipedia entry, here’s how the phoenix is defined: “a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn.”

That’s a rather sobering view of the spectacular phoenix image, but a better metaphor couldn’t exist for the long-lasting, successful writing life. For it’s not only about the capacity for regeneration of your career and refreshment of your craft but also understanding that there are cycles in publishing and that those cycles come and go, no matter what. That’s the nature of the beast.

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