“It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the very best, you very often get it.”
Get a bunch of writers together talking about getting their work out into the world and they can begin to sound discouraging — the economy’s still sputtering, the publishing industry is still struggling, self-publishing is a complex, challenging option — the list goes on and on.
But here’s what happens when people collectively buy into the belief that things are tough: Ink starts being spilled about it. Online and in print, gloomy stories multiply. People start worrying and talking with each other, trading bad-luck tales and fueling their fears. Closer to home, your friends and family may start worrying on your behalf about whether it’s really wise to keep writing and submitting.
Add all this up and you’ve got a small ocean of negativity. But what if you swam in a different pool? What if you just decided that in your own little circle of the world, everything is perking along smoothly? What if you decided that none of the ink being spilled and the hot air being blown about really matters as much as the energy and passion you bring every day to the work you love and want to nurture?
And what if you just made a decision to get up every day and act as if everything you need to keep your writing life humming is readily at hand, just waiting for you? What if you decided to march to the beat of your own drummer? To declare your independence from naysayers, the economy, and the publishing industry?
Let’s consider embracing this unconventional yet powerful attitude! And taking a tip from our fellow scribe, Somerset, let’s refuse to accept anything but the very best — from ourselves and for our work. And let’s write on!