Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

Not Always a Race

Look at that dog.

The brilliance of the sun highlighting its beautiful blond fur, legs stretched out in the height of excitement, running to return that ball in its mouth.

I am not that dog.

There was a time I thought I had to be. I didn't realize that was my mindset at the time. Hindsight being 20/20 and all that.

It wasn't until I stepped back, and I mean stepped back far enough there was a question in my own mind as to whether or not I would write again, did I see that I had given myself over to things I'd claimed I didn't want:

  • Comparing myself to other writers
  • Belittling my own success because it wasn't the same as others
  • Wondering what I'd done wrong
  • Wondering why I couldn't seem to do anything right to garner a growing readership despite so many people telling me they loved my stories
  • Wondering why I couldn't seem to pump out a new novella every single month or a new novel every 3 months to feed the reading frenzy

I realize whole-heartedly that being sucessful in this writing gig requires more than some storytelling, although it's the storytelling I wish I could just focus on. It's just that, well, in the midst of trying to turn this hobby into a business and this business into my full-time thing, I allowed it to become yet another rat race, or dog race, and nearly tossed the storytelling aside.

I give mad props to the authors who can push out that new novella every month or that new novel every three months. That takes a lot of work. The success you have as a result of that is commendable.

Where are you at in this journey - not always a race - that is your writing life?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | By: Angela Brown