That I Would Be Good

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#PitMad is tomorrow. For those unfamiliar, it’s an event where, four times a year, writers can pitch their unpublished manuscripts on Twitter. Using the #PitMad, agents comb through the tweets and “heart” the ones they like. A heart from an agent typically equates to an invitation to submit to them, so it’s a pretty big deal.

With the coveted prize of being able to query an agent with the connection, “You liked my Twitter pitch,” also brings anxiety to many (yours truly, included). To make a standout pitch in 280 characters or less is no easy task. Now add that on top of the thousands of others trying to do the same thing at the same time.

If that’s not enough, I’m going to throw one more wrench in the mix. No matter how much time we spend constructing the perfect pitch, there’s no guarantee the right agent will see it—there are just too many Tweets. I don’t say this to discourage you. Quite the opposite. I say it to give you assurance.

In the late 90’s, Alanis Morissette released a song entitled, “That I Would Be Good.” The lyrics are simple, but the message is huge.

“That I would be good, even if I did nothing
That I would be good, even if I got the thumbs down…”

“That I would be loved, even when I numb myself
That I would be good, even when I am overwhelmed…”

We all want our version of success. Crave it. Long for it. Feel it in the innermost part of our core. It’s agony when we fall short. To want something so bad and work so hard for it just to be told, “Sorry, not this time.”

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That very well may be how the day ends for you. Might be how it ends for me. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should stay on the ground feeling sorry. You’re going to pick yourself back up—I’m going to pick myself back up.

And, you know what? If I need to take some time, that’s okay. It’s okay if I need a moment to do nothing. It’s okay that I got the thumbs down. It’s okay that I get overwhelmed and numb myself. Just remember…That I would be good.

‘Til next time!


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