WE HAVE ALL DONE IT!
It happens so easily, you find yourself comparing what you did, with someone else did. And you just don’t think you nailed it. You just don’t think you measure up, in fact you really think you never will.
So you wallow in a deep slushy pool of discouragement. Until you find someone else who might just have done worse then you. Then you realize —-it is all relative.
As writers (and as human beings) we so easily fall for this trap, and it happens to the best of us. When I look at authors who have published hundreds of books, I admit that I am tempted to look at them and say, “I’ll never be as good as them.” I have come to realize however, that those on the journey ahead of me are there to be a good example of what I am striving for, and not a deterrent.
Whatever you dream is, there are those ahead of you, and there are those behind you.
My hope is that in 2017 you will make progress, even one step is progress. And I pray that we can all encourage those who follow behind us, while looking ahead to those who have gone before us. At the end of the day, we are all in this together.
With this I would like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Melony Teague is a co-author of As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers released in 2016. Melony Teague is an editorial contributor for various newspapers and magazines in the Greater Toronto Area and writes guest columns on issues pertaining to the community. For years she wrote a monthly column called Back Porch Visit for the community of Gormley, Ontario. She is the Communications and PR assistant for two Non-Profit Organizations in Canada and a member of The Word Guild and ICWF. She is also a freelance ghost writer and has worked with diverse subject matter.