Hi, I’m Theresa. Small Fry Syndrome extraordinaire.
If there were a support group for Small Fry Syndrome, that would be my greeting as I stand before my fellow sufferers for an update on my journey away from the small fry mentality.
I started Fiction Writing Success because fiction is my passion and I know that there are many other creative writers who are looking for ways to boost creativity, motivation and confidence while deepening their understanding of fiction-writing craft. The problem is that I see myself as the smallest fry in the basket, and I worry too much about disappointing aspiring fiction writers who find my website.
I’m just the small fry. Why would anyone listen to me rather than more successful, productive fiction writers with established online platforms?
That right there is the small fry mentality that has been holding back progress on this site for more than a year. It’s that thinking that has stopped me from posting regular blog posts and reviewing more fiction writing courses.
Step One: Embrace the Beginning
Fortunately, I saw through the BS that is Small Fry Syndrome after listening to a powerful video by Gary Vaynerchuk last night. He mentioned that no one thinks about the beginnings of successful people. They only focus on where they are today, forgetting completely about the path they took to get there.
This got me thinking about a few basic truths:
- Those successful, published fiction writers with established online platforms started where I am right now. They didn’t wake up successful. They spent months if not years putting in the hard work as small fries.
- If I don’t get over Small Fry Syndrome and start doing the work as well, I will forever remain nothing more than the small fry.
So, step one in the Small Fry Syndrome recovery program is to embrace the beginning. Thanks to that short video, I have a renewed focus on Fiction Writing Success. I’m at the beginning, but the only way to progress is to show up consistently and move myself along the path through hard work and determination.
Fiction Writers Aren’t Born
While I believe that I was born with a natural drive to write, I admit that successful fiction writers aren’t born. Behind every successful author is a collection of rejection slips, hours upon hours of writing practice and perhaps a few desk drawer novels that will never make it into print.
Every author starts out as a small fry. Some will do the work to grow into the plumpest, fiercest fries in the basket. Others will allow Small Fry Syndrome to take them out of the game, and the world will be forever robbed of their literary contribution.
The process of becoming the big fry is just as important as actually being the big fry.
If you also allow Small Fry Syndrome to stand in your way of success, leave me a message below. Join the support group. Let’s overcome small fry mentality one productive day at a time.