Don’t Look Up

I don’t normally post really personal thoughts on my blog. But I wanted to share this with you as I felt it might resonate. I visited a branch of Waterstones yesterday and had a good wander round. Normally I love going to bookshops but somehow this particular visit had an unwelcome effect; I felt overwhelmed. And my two books were nowhere to be seen.

I came away feeling despondant. Here am I attempting to be a writer and yet there are literally hundreds, thousands of books being published every year, filling the bookshelves. How does one compete?

But this morning I woke up and remembered the dream I’d had. Bear with me – I know it’s tiresome when people start reeling off their dreams. I was setting off on a walk but the walk became a climb and the climb was a seemingly never ending sheer face of ice. As I climbed I looked up and was dizzied with vertigo. I didn’t consider going back as some in front of me were. I decided to just focus on what was directly in front of me. Step by step I found foot holes in the ice. I hauled myself up with all my strength, never peeling my eyes away from my immediate path. Until finally, with immense satisfaction, I made it to the top. To safety.

Profound eh?

Don’t look up guys, it’s too much. Too overwhelming. Tackle what’s directly in front of you. One step at a time.

Now, back to the writing………

 

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One thought on “Don’t Look Up

  1. Been there, done that, with the bookshop experience! Since my first book was published nearly two years ago, I’ve seen one of my books on a shelf in an actual bookshop on just two occasions. Both times required using the online stock-checker to find the store first.

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