Monday, February 14, 2011
The Grass is Always Greener
It's human nature to wish for what we don't have--especially when it concerns what other people have. It's a natural element of success, I suppose, to desire more and more.
Sometimes it's not a positive thing, though.
Sometimes it only makes what we have achieved seem insufficient.
Small successes are sometimes not given enough weight when a writer doesn't take time to realize the grass on his/her side is green and lush.
I try to focus on the here and now with each project. I have sold, edited, and finalized my first project with an amazing publisher, and honestly, that's further than I could have ever dreamed of coming a few short years ago. It's out of my hands for the most part now. I plan to do all I can, publicity and networking-wise, but I can't predict or control the success or reception of the book. So, Im going to try and relax about it. I'm standing in green grass and refuse to look toward other writers' pastures to judge my own success.
I have trilogy in a different genre out on submission right now. I'm bracing for the rejections and hoping for another sale, but still. I'm standing knee-deep in thick, green grass. I'll just fertilize it with more books whatever the outcome of this round.
What I'm saying is this: Enjoy the here and now in the process. Rejoice in the small successes along the way. It's not all about New York Times Bestseller lists and movie deals. It's about being the best writer you can be. I love this business. Win or lose, I'm in it for the long run. How about you?