Monday, March 17, 2014
Stop and Smell the Roses by Victoria Roberts
The past several weeks have not provided me with ample time to breathe. Between putting out fires at the day job, sorting through editorial notes, copy-edits, plugging away at the new manuscript, carting both kids to basketball games and practices, coordinating my son's birthday party and helping my daughter and son with homework, sometimes I ask myself what the heck I'm doing. Is this all really worth it? I'm sure many authors can relate.
How many times have we read our manuscript and thought it was nothing but crap? And then we read the same manuscript the next day and feel it's brilliant. Ugh. I think it's a never-ending cycle.
When I feel like I'm in a slump, nothing cheers me up more than receiving notes and e-mails from readers. Those are the moments when I realize that all that hard work, all that dedication, and all the blood, sweat and tears were worth it. I touched someone's life. Wow. That's amazing to me.
Being able to write what we love and having readers who appreciate our efforts is truly priceless. I've realized that no matter what your passion, you need to be the best you can be, but don't forget to occasionally stop and smell the roses.
When was the last time you stopped to smell the roses and did something for yourself?