Hiking Your Own Hike
Hikers often give feedback to other hikers. “Stay at this hostel.” “Make sure to hike the San Juans.” “Don’t start too soon or the snow will be really bad.”
Some hikers get adamant that their way is the best way. Some don’t want to hear anything from other hikers. Some get competitive.
Luckily, most long-distance hikers I’ve met are pretty laid-back and understand there is no ONE right way. They are glad to get and share whatever information they can before moving on. The happy hikers are the ones who find their own way. "Hike your own hike" is a commonly heard motto.
I am trying to follow that same advice in my writing. I try to glean insights from the work of others. I try to remain open to constructive feedback. I offer feedback when it is welcome by other writers. And I try not to do too much comparison of my work with others. I will write my own book, tell my own story.
How blessed we are to have this site where we can post our writing and get valuable feedback from others in a supportive, respectful manner.
Mary Anderson is writing a book about her trek along the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail, a journey of healing that she began in her sixties. Mary hiked the southern half of the trail in 2020 and is undertaking the northern half this year.
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