Yes, this has been a Dr. Seuss week. I have one more quote to share:
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great
tact and remember that...
Life is a great balancing act and that includes our online virtual lives. We need to be careful with our online presence. Of course, this applies to everyone, but especially to writers. I’m reading James Scott Bell’s book, Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth, and he speaks of being a professional. One thing he says is: A professional doesn’t follow up frustrations with nasty notes, diatribes, or slanderous blog posts.
We all get frustrated, but the internet is not the place to air our frustrations. Is it ever okay to rant online? Perhaps. But it should be a controlled, carefully thought-out rant, perhaps with humor thrown in to soften it. And it should never be aimed at a particular person or institution.
Editors and publishers often peruse blogs, and we do not want to shoot ourselves in the foot. Professionals are confident yet not arrogant.
To be honest, I lacked confidence in my writing ability. Sure, there have been times I thought my writing was good. Yet I didn’t know if anyone else in the world would think so. A couple of months ago I decided I would just accept that I am proficient in writing and quit being so needy. Validation is great, but true validation comes from God and from within ourselves.
As a professional, I need to be disciplined enough to work hard, praise or no praise. I just need to rise every morning and crank out the words or edit the chapters or network.
And, that, too, requires balance. We need to schedule our time for writing, for promoting, and for building our platform. Not to mention our “real” lives—family, friends, and God.
Balancing is not always going to be easy. Sometimes we will teeter on the edge, perhaps even fall. True professionals simply brush themselves off and begin anew.
And not yell or cry because they fell off the teeter-totter. Just remember the words of Jesus: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. ~Matthew 10:29
Falling just might be God’s will. Growing up, I fell off a see-saw, and it taught me a lesson. Not to ever see-saw with my brother! Yes, that, too. But it also taught me to be careful how I balance, and that lesson I can apply to my life today.
Life is a great balancing act!