Thursday, September 27, 2012
It's All Very Personal
by Allison Pang
Okay - apologies for the lateness of the post - many fires at work to put out plus technology fires at home left me looking at my watch last night and realizing it was after midnight and...yeah.
So, things I've learned since becoming an author?
Honestly, just that there is no magic bullet, you can't compare yourself to others and everyone has their own ideals of success.
Also? It never really stops.
Sort of like this bad Beetlejuice clip:
(Apologies for the crap quality, it was the only one I could find with this particular scene.)
But even so? That's a bit what it's like, especially when you're starting out. You got into the party. You're gonna be published. Hoo-ray!
Only there are people who are better off than you and people who are worse off. People who sell tons of books and people who don't. Or have great agents. Or shitty editors. Or whatever. Chance vs circumstance vs work ethic vs pure, dumb luck. The times are changing, and the advice I might give out now is far different than what I would have said a few years ago, but even so - no two roads are going to be the same. Even if they were, everyone handles challenges and goals very differently, so while advice can be sought and given, in the end, it really is up to you to figure out what to do with it. No one will ever be as invested in your success as you are - not your friends, not your editor, not your agent.
You are your own best cheerleader and your greatest enemy. It took me a while to find a balance between the two and some days it's a bigger battle than others, but I don't regret walking the tightrope.