DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANYONE ELSE!
I was painfully reminded only a few minutes ago of why we should NEVER do this. I won’t go into details except to say this: It is very true! When you take on too much and spread yourself too thin, you miss important things. When you have too many blogs, you don’t post often enough on any of them and you end up having a smaller number of “likes” on each one.
At any rate, the point is this: No one can do a better job of being YOU! You are unique, one-of-a-kind, fearfully and wonderfully made and NO ONE else can be YOU!
Remember that while you are preparing for conference in the next two and a half weeks.
1) NO ONE ELSE CAN WRITE YOUR STORY!
Even if two authors took the exact same story line, characters and plot to write – you would end up with two VERY DIFFERENT stories at the end!
2) NO ONE IS DEALING WITH EXACTLY THE SAME THINGS YOU ARE!
God knows what you can handle and what you can’t and He knows what challenges you need to encourage you to be the best you can be!
3) NO ONE ELSE LOOKS AT THE WORLD THE WAY YOU DO!
You are the only person who sees the world the way you do and no one else can understand exactly how that outlook is.
4) NO TWO PEOPLE GET TO THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME ALONG THE SAME ROUTE!
Every author I talk to has a different story to tell about how they went from Chapter 1 to Contract. We can read all the books about “How to Write”, follow all the rules about queries, send material to the same agents and attend all the same conferences but no two authors are going to go from Chapter 1 to contract along the same route.
Each author finds an agent differently. Each author gets a contract differently. Each journey is different and we really should not try to judge ours by anyone else’s.
Remember that. And have a great conference!
And watch for more posts to come as we count down to the 2014 ACFW Conference!