Teddy Roosevelt’s quote really speaks to me.
Comparison is the thief of joy. It just sucks the happy juice right out of everything.
I know how hard it can be. You read about some 24-year-old selling the first draft of her first novel for six figures, or that one guy in your writing group gets an agent when you’ve been trying for five years longer than he has. Or an unlimited number of things, right?
Here’s a fact of life: there will always be someone a step or two (or ten) ahead of where you are.
For the rest of October, I want you to practice not comparing yourself with other writers. Not published writers. Not the other writers in your critique group. Not your cousin’s best friend’s daughter’s teacher who just got a publishing contract. Not anyone.
You are exactly where you’re supposed to be on your own journey, right now, today. You’re writing everyday. You’re reading intensely. You’re setting your goals and sticking to them. You’re learning.
If you do all of that consistently for long enough, you will keep moving forward on your own path.
You can’t be on anyone else’s.
I know this might seem silly, but today I want you to pick a mantra that will remind you to stay on your own course.
Mine is the Ray Bradbury quote I shared with you on day two: “Just write everyday of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.”
You’re welcome to borrow mine. Or you can pick another writing quote. Or some sort of affirmation.
How about: I am a Ninja Writer.
Take a Sharpie and write your mantra across the front of your notebook. Say it out loud everyday for the rest of the month. See where that takes you.
Come on over to Facebook and share your mantra with the class.