Writing is subjective. So we've all heard, anyway. Along the way, I've learned some things. Some awesome, and some craptastic. In amidst this infinite wisdom I'm about to share, I think it's only fitting I divulge the fact that I've had a strange week. And when I say strange, I mean like WHAT-THE-EFF.
-Not all writers like to read a lot. This is true because I'm one of them. I read things that look good to me, regardless of hype, and I'm also the world's slowest reader. Mainly because I have a life.
-Not all agents are AMAZING. In fact, some of them blow. I've had some run ins over the last few months with the latter. They're not all sugar and spice, though Candyland would never bad mouth anyone (unless you push me too far; then I'll cut you)
-Not everything you write is good. So deflate your ego. On the flip side, not everything you write is bad, either. So pump up the jam.
-Not all bloggers are genuine. It's unfortunate, but true. I've only been blogging since January but I know who's for realz and who's for shows.
-Not all rejections should define you. No matter how hard it is, you HAVE to find a way to keep going. And as much as I want this to be bull, it's true. Even though I need to take my own advice.
-Not everyone will understand your need to write. The outside world usually sucks. They just don't get it. They'll call it a "hobby" or say "it can't be that hard to get a book published." These people should be removed from your Christmas lists.
We all have a different path, on a different journey. But what defines us is what we do with it. There's a reason not everyone gets published and a reason some people make it big and a reason my pants don't fit right (well, I didn't say they all had to be relevant). You have to make a choice.
Tell me friends, on your journey, whatever it may be, what defines you? Is it the amount of accomplishments or the amount of friends? Is it impressing the world, or impressing yourself? Is it squeezing into your [tight] jeans or buying a bigger pair (acceptance)?
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