Comparison is the Thief of Joy — October 22, 2012

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Apologies if I accidentally somehow just plagiarized that from someone. It’s not intentional. (I’d argue that the very fact I’ve mentioned that  indicates I’m not claiming credit for that awesome blog post title.)

Because, really, it is. And I’m getting complacent in my vigilance against comparison.

I feel like my whole life the universe has been trying to teach me that my best will never be good enough. Every day someone else announces a book deal, an agent contract, etcetera. There are dozens of awards out there granted to the golden children.

A new clique of writers crops up every day on Twitter, in the blogosphere, in the deals listings from Publisher’s Marketplace.

And every time it feels like there’s another nail pounded into the coffin of my non-existent writing career.

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Experimentation — August 17, 2010


I am officially a fan of being an unpublished author.

What freedom!

What joy!

What choices!

While I stil intend to work on Lodestar and all its needed revisions, I am fully invested in experimentation.

First short story?  Adult romance

First novel? Adult romance

Second novel? YA high fantasy

Third novel? Adult urban/contemporary fantasy

Short story of last weekend?  Steampunk and dragons

Next planned novel? Adult adventure

I love this freedom to explore and experiment.  Have I found my voice yet?  Maybe.  But perhaps not.  That’s the joy of being unpublished.  I can experiment, write whatever I want, and seek out my voice.

I can play with the rules and buck tradition.

In other words, I have complete and utter control and the absolute freedom to exert that in whatever manner I see fit.

I love being an unpublished author!

What about you?  What do you love about the stage you’re at in this publishing journey?