How’s it going?
Let’s get to it.
For a non-weather blogger, I think I blog about weather a lot. Things in the Midwest have been super weird.
Monday it was over 50 degrees and muddy–in January. I almost couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t fanatically mad or anything, but I just thought “Ugh, why am I dealing with this now?” as mud squished beneath my shoes.
And today, two days later, we’ll reach the freezing mark, and that’s all. My footprints in the muddy grass will probably be frozen now–all TV crime-scenesque.
Getting back to the squishy mud, I realized something important. This relates to writing too, whether you’re writing fiction for yourself, submitting it to mags in print or online, or writing copy for clients. Enough dancing around the bonfire, here it is:
Don’t worry about stuff you have no control over.
You have zero control over whether an online magazine rejects your story or if a client wants revisions. Can you minimize the chances? Sure you can (and should). But the ultimate decision rests with somebody else.
It’s almost so simple, it’s stupid. At a gut level I think everyone knows this “don’t worry” stuff.
It is hard? You bet. If this were easy, everyone would be doing it. That’s why not a lot of people do. In fact, complaining about stuff out of your control is one of the easiest things to do that there is.
Just so you know, my name is at the top of the list of all the people who need to know this or put this into practice more consistently in their lives.
I find I’m a lot happier and relaxed when I do.
Until next time,