A bit of a rant: Attention Writers & Artists of all kinds
It seems to me articles and books for aspiring writers (books and articles I read since writing is my chosen art form) often aren’t speaking to that genius part in us- the literary great, which resides within. Instead they, who are usually writers who have already published, write to the part of us that worry we will never be published. The part that wants to be good enough to be published but might not be or if so, has to jump through a hundred hoops, that they now know about, to maybe squeeze in the very tight publishing door, the door somehow they were able to squeeze through- and I am sure it is because they knew somebody who knew somebody who was somebody (or so they say that’s how it really happens).
I just saw an ad for a writing program offered by a well-known person in the writing/self-help world. The program costs thousands of dollars. Somewhere in this advertisement, had I not skimmed, it probably guarantees success. I’m sure it works too, but I’m not going to buy it. In fact I am not sure I am going to buy any program like that. I may not even read another book or article about getting published or how to build a platform.
Why? Because I’d rather be writing. My days of gathering information, and worrying over why I probably won’t be one of the “lucky” few who have success, are over. I’ve heard author, Elizabeth Gilbert speak a few times about her success from Eat Pray Love, and I’m always annoyed by her response to her success. She speaks of it like some kind of fluke. It’s disheartening. Not encouraging, but that’s her perception. Or at least how she presents it publicly. As an aspiring writer, I want “them” to speak to me that everything is possible and not that I have to just hope my book too will be a fluke. Speak to me as if I am that genius. Stop speaking to me as if you are now the expert who might know better than I…..but just like I never understand why parents are angered when the olympic swimmer smokes pot or any other athlete who does “wrong,” because their children see them as role models, these published writers don’t have to hold up to my ideals either.
There are so many layers to a wish come true; to a desire of the soul. Everything must align for that “perfect storm.” All necessary energies and desires present. Divine timing and readiness of the writer. It’s a lot more than what those books and articles tell you. It’s included. But there’s more. And if this desire is in the soul, and the soul desires to permit the desire, than the being within the soul shall certainly have it, and quite possibly more than ever imagined. Call me naive. Tell me I’ve no clue because I’ve no agent. I’ve no published book…..
There are many telling us what their secrets are and giving advice when we didn’t ask for it, and information was not meant to dictate to us how to live or publish or whatever, but simply add something new or maybe show us what we don’t add, and I dont care what well known expert is dictating it either. We have our own expert available to us, and we can become conscious of it. It is our SOUL. It knows us and only us. It works for us and only us. We can go there even if we don’t know where there is.
Now I’m going to go get an agent. Why? Because in my soul I know it’s time to find someone other than myself who is going to believe in my work and work for my work. And until I find that person or if I don’t, that person will continue to be me.
Today’s Soul Tip:
When we are truly into our art, we are into our art. We aren’t reading about what we should do with our art, or how to make our art, or about other people’s opinions about our art. This IS the best place to be- within our art, and where that art takes us, and where that art wants to go, we listen. We watch. We obey. In this way NOTHING is ever a fluke.
The Soul Reporter
Go get’em champ in my Lou voice. You cams read or you can write, glad your choosing to write. iObmo
Before my book was published, I always thought of published authors as one cohesive group, and just as soon as I signed a contract with an editor I’d be welcomed into the club and told all the rules. But of course, that’s not how it works. Every writer responds differently to publication. It can be tempting to downplay one’s one success, because we wonder if maybe we just got lucky. But I don’t believe that. It takes hard work. But today’s writers have advantages. The “rules” are spelled out all over the blogosphere–how to get an agent, how to format your manuscript, how to break through the slushpile.
Now with perseverance it’s more possible than ever to find a publisher and get your work out into the world. Keep rocking it.