Recently, some friends and I got into a discussion about sharing good news.
One had just recently signed a 3-book contract and had a new book release and she commented about how her first impusle was to share with us, her writing friends, and then she had a second thought about it being kind of douchey to come back and post even more good stuff when a few of us have been in the dregs with writing and life. She said she didn't want to open up any chasms of personal failure feelings or jealousy or even hatred of her for the good things going on for her...
...and I say...piss on that!
Yes. I will fully admit that I had a moment of "oh crap. I must suck." I took a few minutes to wallow in my own personal baggage and issues. Though I can honestly say I was thrilled beyond belief for her. Her successes and what I was feeling were two very different entities - seperate from each other.
But then...here's what happened...
Her news motivated me. It lit a fire not just under me, but within me. I found hope. I've been focusing better, working harder, and remembering why I do this in the first place. Her good news and forward momentum pushed me and reminded me and put me back in charge.
Which is why I will say, again...Get some writing friends. Critique, learn, grow, cheer for each other, hold each other up when life gets tough and then see how you feel when one of them finds success in any way. It is something you will never regret.