Said my neighbor, two weeks ago, as we took out our bins. “Should I be pruning mine also?” He asked with the openness of an eager apprentice. He’s a long-time home husband. However, he’s not quite so satisfied with his garden. Although respectable, he states it is lacking compared with other gardens he admires.
“No, do not prune your roses,” I said. “It is still summer. It is the wrong time of year but you understand meI garden by instinct.” I was on a huge gardening cleanup that followed on from a large, post-Christmas, home clean-up. My present garden is small but for several years I had a large garden. As my kids are spread out in age, I learned to garden quickly and efficiently due to the time constraints of having young children. What also worked was to maintain planting things. Whatever climbed; great. Whatever expired; take no notice. Stay true to what your tastes are in gardens but do not be rough and rigid about what the garden should look like. Go with the flow; not just of the seasons but also of how a garden will take on a life force of its own.
As the neighbour and I parted company, I added by way of explanation about my untimely and intense mass pruning,”I need all the plants to have another life in Fall.” He was going to re-ask if he should do the exact same thing but then realised we were on a circular path. He did remember with humour how one of our elderly Greek neighbours would get out his chainsaw to prune the roses and could spend five minutes exceptionally hacking off all of the branches. Job done. I asked about his consequent roses.
“Beautiful,” said my neighbor. “He’d bloody beautiful roses” Then he shrugged and decided to proceed with the traditional gardening scheduling instead of my irregular one. We both knew he’d be watching my backyard to decide upon the failure or success of this unconventional method.
To me, achievement in composing is very similar to success in gardening.
Say it and with great intent.
Trust your own fate.
Write instinctively, disregarding what others believe or do. Your instincts may be quite different to others.
Do not be egotistical. Don’t search for fame. Share your work just because you would like to share. Do not say,”I am not interested in fame. I share from the goodness of my heart!” Show by your consistent actions which you’re considering sharing for the benefit of the others’ well-being. Frankly, all egos are interested in fame so don’t be too hasty in announcing your innocence of it, unless you’re. And as they say, people who know, do not say. People who don’t understand, say.
Do the best you can. Sometimes your best will be better than other times. Do your best, 1 day at a time. That is good enough.
The first person your writing ought to be valuable to is you. After taking a look at something you’ve created, ask yourself if you believe it’s good. If you do not think it’s great then make something else which corresponds to your greatest sense of what you believe you’re capable of producing at this stage. Do not compare yourself to author, Paulo Coelho, with the maximum following of Facebook writers with a thirty-million-strong audience. Give what you’re authentically capable of giving. Do not pester your friends on social websites for support. They may support youout of shame, but pity doesn’t a writer make. If you’re asking for assistance from your friends (regardless of how you phrase it) then you’re not in a position to be giving them anything. If all you honestly need to give, at this stage, is valued by just two followers then take that, be thankful, and develop yourself at any and every way you can imagine, with humility.
Love your writing as you would your backyard. So relax and revel in the beauty and life that’s in it now, right where it’s at. You do not know who else can get value from something you’ve said or done. Often, many more people than you realise are blessed by something that you do. We just get told a tiny fraction of this impact we have on other folks. As soon as we get the occasional compliment, we could take it as a reminder that there are people out there profiting from something we’ve invested ourselves in.
Be cautious of your peers. No offence to writing classes but that’s the last place I’d like to go for help with my writing achievement. Like most of peer groups, the main point is they are fine so long as you’re no threat. If you’re intending to succeed in your chosen career, I would be very careful about spending too much time with peers that are struggling. Writers, like most groups of artistic people, place tremendous hard work and terrific love in their work for, generally, very little in return. The ego, however sweetly it dresses itself, can’t help but believe that one person’s achievement is just another chance taken away from them at a seemingly intensely competitive industry.
They are definitely doing a much better job than I could in a challenging business but I have many concerns. Lots of folks working in publishing are there because they would love to be successful authors themselves but they could not make it work. This tells me that while they’re capable of seeing what’s been successful in the past, they typically can’t readily see what could be prosperous in the future. If they could, a lot would be writing it themselves. Try with the publishing business, clearly, because it might be for you. However, if you’ve tried and got nowhere (which is going to be the case for the huge majority of authors ) then disregard that course and form your own. With today’s technology, there’s absolutely not any reason not to and every reason to. The world is available as never before and it’ll only become more so at a quick speed. Anyway, in such a fighting sector as publishing in a fast-changing world of communication, do you want to participate with conventional publishing? Did you know that for every ten books publishers create; seven is going to be a financial burden, two will break even, and you will hopefully make enough of a profit to encourage all the others. You certainly don’t need to be the writer losing money for your publisher or even the one breaking . But would you like to be the one behind everybody else? The world is changing, We can also.