The Green Elephant
I want to talk about the elephant in the room.
The green one.
The one that sits behind the screen and judges.
Both their own self worth and what they have accomplished.
A few months back someone sent me a screen shot a tweet that criticized authors for talking about writing many words in short periods of time and that the writing is probably trash. As a prolific sprinter, and knowing that I tweet about it a lot to encourage other writers, I was hurt. The tweet in question said that it was doing more harm than good by pressuring writers, rather than encouraging them because when I sprint I get a lot down.
As much as two thousand words an hour.
But as much as my presence on Twitter has only been high in the last year or so, I’ve been writing for six years now.
When I come up with a story, sit myself down, and focus… I DO THE WORK.
I don’t have kids or family to care for, I’ve spoken about how I do this a lot in this blog post.
But that didn’t change a random stranger for judging all I’d accomplished.
Without ever actually knowing me.
So, I stopped tweeting my sprints.
I kept doing it but I toned right back how much I was writing, but I did say that I’d managed to write a book in nineteen days, I wasn’t going to let them take that away from me.
On the flip side I producing all this work that was… going nowhere.
And all the while I was watching others self-publish books, picked up by indie presses, get agents, have their books published… and the big names having their books adapted to TV and Movies.
I wont bore you with the self-absorbed rant about how my circumstances weren’t fair, suffice to say there was more than one.
But I still congratulated EVERY single one of those that I saw, every damn time, no matter what it was, because I wasn’t jealous of them, I was jealous that they were somewhere I wanted to be.
And then I came back to the green elephant.
That all the while I was jealous of others successes, all this time, there were people jealous of what I could do, and do often. Its ugly. I hate it.
And I refuse to lie about it.
Then I came across this song.
The whole line that caught me was “I want to be you…nique.”
Everyone says there is no one path to writing, to becoming successful, and they are absolutely right.
And then today @BruceKnapp gave me a #writerslift for my sprints. That he used them to help him focus and that was all I needed.
I have no idea where my journey is taking me, but I can tell you one thing; I’m going to keep sprinting, I’m going to keep being vocal about it, and if I help you great, and if I don’t block me.
But I’m going to keep doing what I think its best for me, I’m going to keep writing and at the end, do you know what I’m going to have? I hope to have 10 FREAKING BOOKS WRITTEN THIS YEAR!
So I don’t know what you want to accomplish but I’m not going to let anyone stop me, don’t let anyone stop you.