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You can’t compare

June 2, 2019

Patricia Johns

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As an author, you have to be able to do this… because you can’t compare yourself! People know how to classify an accountant, or a lawyer, or a stay at home mom. They have a general sense of how much you make if you’re a manager or a bank teller. But as an author… where do you land? They have no idea! You’ve chosen a path that very few people choose, and you’re kind of on your own out there. Sink or swim, successful or not, when you walk into a room there isn’t another person who understands what you’re doing with yourself… or why! You’re going to be the odd one out.

But that’s okay. Because when I walk into a room, I don’t see people I need to compare myself to, I see a roomful of walking stories.

People are intriguing! They are all reacting to something, they’re…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog! 🙂

    • I loved it because, like you, I see characters or oddball actions everywhere. Recently in church the woman in front of me kept fidgeting with her dress. It does not seem like much, but I thought it might add an interesting touch for a character, especially since she seemed to be the most worried about something on the right side of her bra. I’m surprised the pastor kept a straight face.
      The quote from Ms Pace is what struck home with me. I grew up always comparing myself to others. My mother’s favorite phrase was “What will others think?” I think I was in my 30s before I broke myself of that habit after realizing “others” were not paying attention to me like my mother assured me they were.

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