I hope you are all having a FABULOUS day ;o)
Okay, so I have this awesome co-worker who will remain nameless… he said to me once when I was having one of those days where everything was going wrong. I had a bazillion things to do and like ten minutes to get it done. He said, “How do you eat an elephant?”
I, of course, being the smart ass I am was like, “I don’t eat elephants. Gross.”
He gave me the look (you know the one. I get it a lot), and said, “One bite at a time.”
At first I was like, “Ohhhhh.” Then, “Wait. Huh?”
Then I thought about it. I thought about what he was really saying. What he was trying to tell me in a weird gross way that made me picture things I didn’t want to about elephants.
When something seems huge… Like an elephant. And you’re hungry or something? I don’t know where the next part comes in because I would NEVER EAT AN ELEPHANT. Let me just make that clear. But I suppose if I did I couldn’t just take a bite or anything right? I’d have to section it off…
Okay, this is going to a place I don’t want to go. Let’s use a different analogy shall we?
You have this huge… I don’t know, pizza. And it looks so huge you can’t seem to fathom how the hell you’re going to eat it all, let’s say you HAVE to eat it all cause you want to win some competition for money or something. It’s so overwhelming you start to sweat, curse, clinch your fists. Then someone says…
Just eat it one slice at a time.
Oh. DING DING.
So I don’t have to do everything at once?
NOPE. Just eat your life pizza one slice at a time.
Sometimes I think we forget… everyone, not just writers, to eat our pizza one slice at a time. We’re moving so fast in so many directions that we want the whole pizza, we want to shove it into our mouths and swallow, not even stopping to chew… and you know what happens when we try this?
We choke. Then someone has to give us the Heimlich Maneuver (WOW. Try spelling both those words on a first try without spell check. I’ll save you the time. Not Possible. I did get Heimlich right though. I KNOW. Who knew? But, I digress)
Writers are busy people. We’re always writing or revising, or editing, or helping friends, or CPing or Betaing, or just being a parent, or a spouse or a friend, or having a real life. It would be SO much easier to eat the pizza whole. But we can’t.
And sometimes we just have to stop between slices and just… be. Read a book for fun, or go for a jog. See a movie, hang with your kids.
Do you get what I’m sayin’? What do you think? You ever choke on some pizza? No fun, huh?
Until next time…
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I’m SO excited cause my bestie Brenda Drake’s birthday is today!! Oh, wait. Something else is happening. We get to see her cover for LIBRARY JUMPERS too!!
AND it’s Friday!!
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your week! Mine’s been pretty good… Ready for Friday!
So, I recently had the opportunity to go to a cool day-long conference for my day job. It was an eye-opening experience and I actually learned a lot about myself and where I want to be in my life. There were some amazing speakers at this conference. One in particular said something that completely resonated with me and I haven’t forgotten it since. Jon Acuff, radio personality and speaker, said, “Never Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else’s Middle.”
Honestly, it should be so obvious NOT to do that. There’s no comparison. But we do it. I do it. I dare to say every writer at some point has done just THAT. You know when you’re reading a book and you think… damn, I’m never going to be that good, or I’m never going to get that type of exposure. Whose butt did they have to kiss? Yes, yes. I know it’s all about hard work, luck, and timing and like fifty-million other things, these are only examples ;o)
The thing is… we don’t know everyone’s story. When it comes to publication, some of the most well-known, successful authors have been writing for years and years, and yet many of us feel compelled to compare our first year, or second year of publishing to theirs.
Uh, what you say? Doesn’t make sense, right?
I’ve done this. You probably have.
I think it’s time to turn the coin (is that a phrase? Did I make that up? Oh! FLIP. Flip the coin. Never mind I’m leaving it.) and think in a positive way instead.
Let’s say we see an accomplished writer and we do compare ourselves (you know we’re going to do it) well, it doesn’t have to be BAD. What about… Hey, look, I have a chapter written like hers/his. I have a similar voice. Or even just thinking to yourself, I hope I’m that good someday. Or even better, I WILL be that good someday.
YES. Positive Affirmations FTW
I’m not sure that makes sense, but if we start to train ourselves to think about it before comparing, I think it could help those little devils whispering inside us that we’re not good enough. It doesn’t matter where in the process you are, there is always going to be someone who is further along than you. So, why do we need to compare ourselves, knowing this?
It’s just natural. AND it’s not going to stop. You can’t just tell yourself not to. Sure, that works… But we can be cognizant of how we let this comparison affect us. THAT we have control over. I’m probably just re-hashing something we already know, so let this serve as a little reminder to be nice to yourself today ;o)
So, what do you think?
Have a great rest of the week!