Yesterday, with my Taxi Hat firmly atop my head, I asked my DD how her friend’s solo audition had gone. Friend wants to be a singer. She takes lessons, plays guitar and has a beautiful voice. Not to mention she’s cuter than a mushroom button and has a great personality. If anyone has the whole package from this tiny, little blip on the map, she does.
DD responded, “Oh, yeah, she didn’t audition.”
The reason: she didn’t feel like singing yesterday.
My other Taxi Passenger, DD’s 13 year old friend, said, “Well, what’s she gonna do when she’s all famous and has a show scheduled? Not perform because she doesn’t feel like singing that day?”
Anyone with a dream can learn a lot from my young Taxi Passenger.
Dreams can be realized with hard work, practice, patience, perseverence and putting ourselves out there. We have to make our passions a priority. (Wow, talk about alliteration!) Everyday.
Some writer’s get fiesty when they believe their fellow scribes are not willing to put in the time, yet insist on instant gratification without the work. In a recent discussion, one asked in this paraphrased kind of way, “If I was a dentist could I just shrug and tell my patient, oops, guess I don’t feel like drilling today?”
Of course not. We expect everyone else around us to be professionals, yet in the back of our minds, we may still prescribe to the romantic notion of the mysterious writer in the smoking jacket, penning The Great American Novel on a scrap of toilet paper. Those days are long gone, my friehnds.
What separates the wanna-bes from the professionally aspiring writers is the ability to write, edit and submit–even if we don’t feel like it.
There is a huge, slushy mess of a problem when so many people want to be writers without putting in the time. Slush piles can grow so large that editors and agents cannot possibly read every submission that comes their way. For many agencies and houses, this has created a closed submission policy. Some publishers only want agented work. Agents only want referred clients.
Hmmmm. Hard to break in.
Yet, I also feel a stirring of hope. While the odds are something crazy (and yes I’m totally making it up based on something I read and kind of remember) like only 1-2% of all submissions actually get published, I firmly believe that professionally aspiring writers must somehow be in the top 5% of submissions.
Dreams can be realized for those who put in the time. With hard work and practice, we hone our craft and become better writers. With patience and perseverence, we can stay ahead of those who give up when they don’t quite feel like writing.
And that leaves putting ourselves out there. It means standing up to the microphone and letting the world know that we have what it takes to be an author.
The road is not smooth. But that’s okay, very few people in life ever skate to greatness without making their passion a priority. Funny how my young Taxi Passenger knew that when we adults struggle so hard to grasp it.
Do you believe she’s right? Is it possible in this day and age of chaos, over-booking and multi-tasking to put our passions at the top of our lists? What obstacles does this mindset create and how can we overcome them?
warm fuzzies on a snowy, blowy morning~ cat