Monday, April 28, 2014
Focus on the Tree, Not the Forest
As an aspiring writer, it's easy to become frustrated by the enormity of the task, the vastness of it all.
I've concluded there isn't much I can do about the playing field. It is what it is. Each year will present thousands of new writers, and many will possess education and natural abilities superior to mine. It's unlikely the competition is going to let up anytime soon. So, I’ve decided the best thing I can do is focus on me.
I liken it to being a tree in the forest. Any single tree seems lost, unimportant, insignificant, but if you shrink your focus to include only the space surrounding the tree, its role and importance are magnified. It has a job to do, a space to fill, and the sky’s the limit.
And so is my role in writing. I have a job to do, an audience to reach. I may be but a single tree in the vast forest of writers, but I can’t let that get in my way. And to those critics who recommend putting limitations on how many and which authors are published, you may just as well propose culling lesser trees from the forest. What would remain would not be as grand as the original forest, and besides, some of those lesser trees are still growing.