The tale is always the same.
I log on to my Tumblr, ready for some prime procrastination. I see a few things that make me laugh, maybe one or two things that are funny enough to reblog. Then, inevitably, I stumble upon a picture that’s something like this:
- Recognize that part of why I’m not there yet is on me. No I am not there yet, and yes I so badly want to be there. But the fact is, I haven’t written fast enough or revised my existing manuscripts enough that they are ready to be queried. I can struggle with a different kind of jealousy when I’ve begun querying and there are actually things going on that are beyond my control.
- Tell myself that their success doesn’t mean I won’t be successful. Because it doesn’t. One author doing well doesn’t mean that no other author can do well that year. Actually, one author writing a book that kids absolutely love probably increases literacy, thereby upping the chances of my future book being read.
- Get off the effing internet. Because those books aren’t going to write themselves. It’s really easy to be jealous of those authors who’s backstories I know very little about, when I haven’t done the work they already did to get there. But I can do it (and so can you)!