Each street is lined with different houses and trees with entirely different families or businesses. Some roads may have potholes, others construction, a few rare ones are perfectly smooth. We'll find detours in some areas and high-speed freeways in others.
If we traveled every road in the United States or the world, would we ever find two that are identical? My guess is that we'd be searching a long time.
We writers are on a journey. A few of us are running at top speed, most of us are plodding steadily upward and onward, and then some are limping along but still persevering.
No matter where we're at on the writing path, we tend to have a common affliction: comparison-itis. This illness is usually one that comes and goes, but we all suffer from it at one point or another. Whether it puffs us up or puts us down, comparison-itis is a disease that can harm us if we don't work at fighting it off.
Is there an antidote for comparison-itis? I'm sure we could all think of plenty of cures, but the one I want to focus on this week is this: we're all on unique writing paths.
None of our roads are ever going to be identical. The journey that stretches out before each of us will be like no one else's.
I've been very open in my blog about my steps through querying, getting an agent, and venturing into the world of publishing houses. I love being able share this journey with like-minded writers.
And yet my experiences, are, well, mine. You may not have to write seven books over an accumulation of about eight years before you get an agent. You might not have to win a contest to move out of the slush pile. Your agent may attempt to sell your books differently than mine.
But that's the beauty of the writing journey. We can take encouragement from one another and maybe even learn a thing or two, but ultimately we have to remember that we each need to forge our own unique paths. There are no set formulas for attracting an agent and no perfect number of years we have to write or books we have to finish before being ready.
There are no two roads exactly alike.
Let's encourage one another with our uniquenesses today! What's your road been like? How many books have you written? How long have you been writing? What's something unique to your journey?