Welcome to awesome Wednesday. (Please note our comments are awesome and out of control today, hit load more to get to the current comment!)
To start this post, I’d like to tell you about Mel Jolly.
Melissa Jolly is an Author’s Assistant to multiple NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors and founder of Author Rx. She has been “Keeping Authors Out of the Loony Bin Since 2009.” Her newsletters are full of good stuff. I actually look forward to receiving them.
The July Author Rx newsletter shared this quote that has been burning through my dura mater of late.
A highlight reel is not unlike a movie trailer. It’s all the good bits. Social media does the same thing. All the good bits.
Come on, life is not a Pepsi commercial. Those gorgeous put together Facebook, Twitter, Instagram posts and live ops are staged. No author I know of drives around in her car with a Starbucks cup, sipping from a straw while she tosses her perfectly coifed and highlighted blonde hair over her shoulder with a hand that displays her newly manicured nails before she smacks her lovely lips (note it’s the same color Bella Hadid uses, Rouge Dior 999 Couture Color of course!)
You know what? There really is nothing wrong with the above scenario. And if you are an author you know that books used to be our product. Today, authors are as much a part of the product as the stuff between those covers.
Just understand that it’s all staged. You see only what the author wants you to see. A perfect or slightly imperfect (to make her look like a regular Joe) slice of her life. The five-star reviews, the accolades, and all the accouterments are filtered for your viewing pleasure. Sure, you see authors working hard, but when was the last time you saw a picture posted of an author plunging the toilet or cleaning up a furball off the floor? Not lately.
(And BTW, if you are spewing the ugly stuff on social media then that’s another post for another day!)
It’s a highlight reel. Got it? Don’t compare your everyday life to the good bits.
Stay true to yourself and your voice. Never try to be someone else.
You are uniquely you. Who else could be you, BUT you? Your voice is your writing fingerprint. Sure you have to learn the rules. You learn the rules so you have the right to break them as you then work to mold and create the writer that is YOU!
No one else could write the books on our Keeper Shelf but those authors. Right?
Could anyone else have written A Passion Most Pure? How about The Husband Tree? Or Back in the Saddle?
- Don’t live somebody else’s writer life.
- Don’t measure yourself by someone else’s yardstick.
- Don’t find yourself chasing someone else’s vision.
Above all, you and I are fearfully and wonderfully made. Dare I say, awesomely?
Yes, you are awesome. There are at least five awesome things about you that the world needs to know about.
Today is all about you. Tell me 5 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT YOU.
I’m serious. Do not post in the comments today unless you are willing to share five awesome things about you.
If there are only three comments today, I’m fine with it.
You can come back tomorrow if today is too soon for you to believe you are as awesome as I know that you are.
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