Thanks to D.L. Hammons, I was blitzed on the IWSG post day, last Wednesday. I've been working down the list of people who were kind enough to visit, but haven't completed that task as yet.
Meantime, I'd like to thank D.L. for that honour and say thanks also to those who offered encouragement. I took away some important lessons from my fellow writers and have listed them below. These are things we know, but often forget while rubbernecking on the other side of the fence.
- Take time out to appreciate where I am on my writing journey. Like the Desiderata says, stop comparing myself with others. Who wants to run the risk of becoming vain and bitter? Not me!
- Evaluate how much I've accomplished and celebrate each accomplishment, no matter how small.
- Use other people's success as a source of inspiration, but take time to produce quality work at my own pace. Readers like talking about good books. Make each one the best it can be, no matter how long it takes to write and produce.
- Success is measured in different ways. Remember what's important to me - best-seller list or making a lasting impact through a good story. I'd choose the latter.
- Resist the urge to compete or compare myself with other people, since I don't have a clue what another writer is experiencing. One writer shared a great quote - Look in the mirror, there's your competition.
- Since half the year has passed, it's a great time to assess what goals I've accomplished.
- Since writing is not a rush to get books to market, after assessing where I am, I should reassess where I am and set tangible and realistic goals.
- Sometimes I forget that my experience is not unique. I should remember I am not alone on this journey and that I have the support of wonderful writers, who can help in a variety of ways. I only need to ask for assistance.
- Be courageous. Try new and different marketing strategies. That's the wonderful thing about being independent. If one strategy doesn't work, I can try something else. There's nothing wrong with trial and error, many inventions came about through that route.
- Don't give in to insecurity. Send it packing when it comes calling. A pity party (no matter how short) is a waste of time that can be used constructively.
And a bonus. The grass will always look greener on the other side of the fence. If I want mine to be just as green, I should do the work, get to watering. The results will come in due time if I stay true to myself and what I want to accomplish as a writer.
See? Stuff we all know but tend to forget. Thanks for visiting and if I take a little while to get back to you, don't worry. I'll have limited internet access, but I'm on my way. Thanks for your friendship and support.