Monday, May 16, 2011

You Are Not Your Stories

So, just for the record, I'm closing the rant before it gets started.

In html, it would look like this:

rant /rant

In real life it looks like this:

Hey, writer! Yeah, you. You are not your stories. Yes, you've spent time crafting them, cuddling with them, brushing their hair, feeding them, and sending them into the world. But they are not you. They aren't even, really, a part of you, no more than the the u-bend of my toilet is part of my plumber.

I know it's a popular thing to say: each story I write is part of me.

But this is why authors tend to take too much personally. A rejection is not about you. A bad review is not a reflection on you as a person. How you respond (or don't respond) might be, but the review itself isn't.

I've written scores of stories and several short novels. This is the 728th post to my blog. I've even composed some poetry. If every word I wrote was a piece of me, I'd have gone Lord Voldemort years ago and littered the digital landscape with tiny fragments of my soul. Now that would be scary.

Yes, I care about my art--but experience has taught me this: me ≠ my writing. Thank Zeus.

If I was to rant, it might look something like this:

rant Stop pissing on other writers, reviewers, editors, and write. /rant

Have a great day, people.

7 comments:

Joyful Sparrow said...

Write, write, write. Yes sir!

Milo James Fowler said...

"If every word I wrote was a piece of me, I'd have gone Lord Voldemort years ago and littered the digital landscape with tiny fragments of my soul." Holy crap, that cracked me up!

Cate Gardner said...

Lord Voldemort - snort!

If you've shoved your plumber down the u-bend is he know part of the plumbing or is the plumbing part of him?

Aaron Polson said...

Sparrow - ;)

Milo - I've been reading Harry Potter with my son. Can you tell?

Cate - That is almost a religious question. I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer. ;)

Angie said...

Great post. That's a great way to look at it.

Katey said...

I was about to quote the same thing Milo just did. Because yeah. Dude. That.

I <3 this post. So hard.

Danielle Ferries said...

I sincerely hope my stories are not me :)