bookplayer states the obvious · 6:56pm
Every now and then I have to remind myself what things I have control over and what I don't.
Things I can control:
I can write stories about whatever ideas I happen to have
I can ask advice about how to make them better
I can decide who I want advice from and who I don't for whatever reason
I can listen to that advice, or I can decide not to listen for whatever reason
I can spend as much or little time on a story as I feel like spending.
I can edit a story whenever I want.
I can decide to publish a story or not.
. . . that's it. That's all that I can control in posting stories here, and that has to be enough.
But of course, it's not. So as a reminder to myself, here are the things I totally can't control, so there is no point in worrying about:
I can't come up with an idea that will make people read my stories.
I can't come up with an idea that will make people like my stories.
I can't make the feature box.
I can't write the next most important fic in the fandom.
I can't be as good/popular as <insert screen name here.>
When I say that I can't do these things, I don't mean that it's impossible. I mean that it's impossible for me to control. Really. I really can't control how people think about my stories. Anytime I tell myself that I'm doing something that will <make people love this/make the feature box/whatever> is a lie. And when it doesn't work, it's not because I did anything wrong.
This is important, because it's more than "these things don't matter." It's "whether these things matter or not, there's nothing I can do." My focus needs to be on the things I can do, most of which have to do with writing good stories.
Just a reminder to myself and anyone else who needs it: Que sera sera.