Tuesday, June 26, 2012
What, Me Worry?
I said I had two confessions. The second is that reading Facebook posts and Twitter tweets of my author friends is driving me crazy. It's been a neat experience, this transition from the world of medicine to being a published writer (please note that I avoided putting the latter term in all caps--modesty, you know). But in order to keep up with the friends I've made along the journey, I've followed them via various avenues of social media. And it's nerve-wracking, I have to tell you.
In any given time span I may see posts about writer-friends sending their latest book to their editor, getting ready for the launch of a blockbuster novel, mentioning an interview in a prestigious publication, packing for a vacation, signing a multi-book contract, modestly dropping the news that they'd won an award... You get the idea. What I have to remember is that this represents the work product of a double handful of writers, and some excellent ones at that. I'm one writer. I have to tune out what others are doing (except to congratulate them, of course) and concentrate on my work and my world. Otherwise, I'll go crazy trying to keep up with the Joneses (and the Hunts, the Collinses, the Cobles, the Millses, the Bells...you get the picture).
What about you? Whatever your assignment in life, do you do it with one eye on what everyone else is doing? And if you catch yourself doing that, what's your approach to solve it? I hope it's not the same as my friend, Alfred.