I see people apologizing for their genre, what they write, where or how they’re published… Or, maybe apologizing isn’t the right word. The right word is dismissing their accomplishments.
If you weren’t comparing yourself to someone else, would you be using phrases like, “Oh, I just do (insert thing here)…” or “It’s not a big deal, I mean, a ton of people are better/further/faster/smarter (insert a word of your choice) or “I’m small potatoes” or “My little book is just for” or or or OR…
Own what you do. TAKE UP SPACE. Your accomplishments ARE WORTH FEELING GOOD ABOUT. GREAT ABOUT. Your hopes and excitement are WORTH SHARING no matter where you are on the road to your goal. YOU HAVE A GOAL THAT YOU’RE WORKING ON. GO YOU!
Do I dismiss what I’ve done? Yup. I do it all the time. But I need to stop. I’m working on it, but I wanted to elope to avoid the attention, and it took me AGES to feel okay about displaying some of my titles OVER MY OWN DESK. Whyyyyyyyy? I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW! I write books. It’s a pretty fun thing to do. I love it. < – See me trying to do better?
On the flip side of this. Stop being rude and/or dismissive to people who write in genres you don’t like/read. You’re part of the problem. Honestly, a great life rule = Don’t be an asshole. Works for so many things!
I don’t care what kind of creative endeavor you’re working on, if you’re putting any amount of positivity into the world, I AM CHEERING YOU ON!! FROM MY DESK! THE ONE WITH THE BOOKS I WROTE SITTING OVER IT!
I’ll leave you with a few words of wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert. If you are AT ALL creatively minded, you need this book in your life. If you think you’re not creatively minded, you are 😉
“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
Happy Creating Everyone! GO FORTH AND CONQUER!