12/9/11

Don't Be Shocked When...

Don’t be shocked when…
You publicly tweet and a random person jumps into your conversation. (Even I get a little thrown off by this.)

Don’t be shocked when…
You blog about your life, your family, your trials and tribulations and a follower makes a personal connection with you and treats you like a friend, even though they have never met you. (When I get over the oddity of it, I'm flattered.)

Don’t be shocked when…
You publicly bash the industry and find all the doors to publication have slammed shut in your face. (Really?  Really.)

Don’t be shocked when…
You rip apart an author’s book in a public review and then later, they decline (and their close author friends) your solicitation to help you market your book. (Really.  Well known artists have blogged about this.  Negative criticism leaves a scar.)

Don’t be shocked when…
Your MS is continually rejected but all your non-writer friends (i.e. your husband, best friend, neighbor’s niece) have all raved at your brilliance. (Would you have a florist repair your car?)

Don’t be shocked when…
Your critique partner informs you that your first draft is CRAP.

Don’t be shocked when…
You realize your critique partner is right.

Don’t be shocked when…
You shelf your first book and know it will NEVER be published. (Deny it for as long as you need to.  I did. Then let it go and go write that best seller.)

Don’t be shocked when…
Everyone else around is rising in their career while you are actively doing nothing to grow yours.

Don’t be shocked when…
You eat like crap, never exercise and are no longer tone and athletic. (Okay, that was not about writing but I had someone complain to me about how unfair it was we were the same weight yet I am half her size.  Muscle is more dense than fat.)

Don’t be shocked when…
People do all of the above and treat their opinions as fact.  Some people live blissfully in their closed minded worlds.  It doesn’t mean we all have too.  Educate yourself, and you’ll expand your world. 

In the words of Seth Meyers; Really?
Some of the posts, comments and tweets people publicly rant about shock me.  This list reminds me not to be shocked.

5 comments :

  1. Good points, Dana! People make mistakes like these all the time, unfortunately. Like how you pointed out the fun surprises, too. : )

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  2. Ara - What's really sad, is most the time, the offenders don't think they've done anything wrong.It takes all kinds, ya know.

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  4. Oops, I clicked on the wrong comment button. This "shocked" list should be required reading for anyone jumping into this kooky world of writing.

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  5. Leslie - HA! This template has the comments at the top, so confusing. SOrry. And yes, it should be required reading BEFORE you become a writer, I agree.

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