The third question I’m exploring from my 8 Questions Every Writer Must Ask Themselves is:
What do I expect out of this journey, including what are my expectations of those I come across along the way?
On this I 8 Wednesday, here are 8 layers to excavate while getting to the root of your expectations.
- There’s a slippery slope between the word expectation and the word entitlement.
- It’s one thing to have a goal and another thing to expect someone to make that goal happen for you.
- If you’re thinking it’ll only take six months to secure an agent and then another six months to be published, you’re in for the shock of your life (and great disappointment).
- If you’re hoping to be endorsed, but aren’t willing to give back in any way, there’s something wrong with that hope.
- How you handle your disappointment says a lot about your character. How you handle your success says a lot about your character.
- By conducting research and talking to others in your field you’ll be able to ascertain reasonable expectations to set.
- A valuable question to ask yourself from time to time is whether you’d still write if you knew you’d never get published.
- Are you giving more than you’re taking? Are you devoting the necessary time that will result in some expectations being met? Do you put too much pressure on yourself or on others? How grateful of a person are you? How easy is it for you to grant grace?
Have you learned anything specific related to expecations on your journey?
*photo by flickr