The worst thing writers can do is get caught up in the comparison trap with regards to our lives and our careers. I catch myself doing it too much, slotting myself into place between this writer and that writer, and seeing — always — where I come up short.
So today, on this writer’s Thanksgiving, I’m going to accept my current frustrations, count my writerly blessings and set some aspirations.
- I am always frustrated by the lack of time to write.
Today, I will not squander the writing time I do have, and will try not squander it tomorrow either.
- I am feeling under the weather and sorry for myself.
Today, I will remain positive and remind myself everyone gets sick and it’s not a moral failing.
- I suffer from self-doubt and frustration at how my career is going.
Today I will just write, taking care to work hard on plot, characterization, dialog, and setting and try not to look at each word as a career killer 0r career-maker.
- I’m sad because I wanted to cook Thanksgiving for my family, but instead — points up — sick.
Today I will write words and eat pie.