Friday, April 22, 2011

Seeding the soil

Last night I attended my first meeting with the Utah League of writers (bet you didn't know writers are in league with each other) and it was really informative and great to meet other writers in the same area.

It's funny how you can feel like you are a writer (which I say - as long as your writing, you are) yet really know very little about the writing community. I am just starting to learn about what's out there in the writer world and it's a little overwhelming.

There are thousands of people out there, if not hundreds of thousands of people, who are writing novels. Many of those are writing in the same genre that you are, and so few even get a real break when it comes to book sales.

It's all very discouraging.

I've asked myself before, is it really even worth it to continue on? Now I'm asking it again.

For once I am really looking inside myself and asking, can I handle the pressure? I'm just one person, who has never really been that successful at anything. What makes me think it will be different this time around?

Then this morning I got up and checked Facebook as I always do. Here, a friend reminded me of something we had talked about the other day. It was an article he wrote about the law of the Harvest.

Of course everyone has heard, you reap what you sow, and everyone knows that means your going to get what you plant. But the thing he said that really struck me was this, you reap what you sow in a different season.

So right now I'm in the spring of my writing career. I'm just starting to plant the seeds. Fall is long way off, and in that time I have to weed, and water, and weed, and water some more. Then, if I've put in the work, I will see some results. I can't guarantee I'll get a bumper crop, some of that is out of my control. But I can say that I will at least see some sprouting.

How can I succeed if I don't try? That's what I have to tell myself over and over, because if I stop then I will have failed. I will have never even given my seeds a chance.

This is my resolution. I am planting my seeds and working for my harvest, and I hope you'll join me. Let's not be among those sitting lawn chairs hoping something miraculous will happen. Instead, let us have hope that our work will someday bear fruit.


Taylorm1984 said...

I think you are right! I think also you are doing this for yourself. It's all your own project you can control and make all yours. Which as a mom I don't have very many things that are all to have one thing all yours is a wonderful thing! Being able to have a creative outlet to keep you sane is always a good thing too! And if you happen to become a famous author in the end is also a definite plus :D

Cordell said...

I just think my wife is HOT and I really enjoy reading what she writes!

J. A. Bennett said...

Taylor - you're right, I feel better every time I write/blog. it keeps me going! And I wouldn't mind the bestselling thing either ;)

Hubs - I love you, but TMI!

Paul W. said...

Jen- Thanks for the shout out. It helps to have others validate your thoughts and ideology. You will have to keep me posted about your book. I have no doubts you can do it!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Writers are totally in league with each other. Especially in Utah. :)

Glad to meet you - thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sean Roney said...

Well put. One must be persistent and consistent to succeed in the end. You can't let the slow start and the bumps of the road get to you, because quitting should never be an option.