For week 51 of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop, the writing prompt is:
Advice to New Authors
I can’t find the original anecdote, which I heard decades ago, after I decided against majoring in music. I’m changing the names. My apologies to Yo-Yo Ma.
An aspiring young musician (we’ll call her LindaEllen for the simple reason that it’s the first name that pops into my head) took a master class with Yo-Yo Ma, the world-renowned cellist (for the simple reason that he’s the first name that pops into my head). After playing her heart out to the master, LindaEllen asked him whether he thought she had what it took to become a professional musician.
His answer: “You’re close, very close, but no. You don’t quite have what it takes to reach the heights.”
This was hard news to swallow, but LindaEllen was nothing if not realistic. She changed her major from music to finance and went on to make a lot of money and live a happy, successful life.
Years later, she met Mr Ma for a second time. She thanked him for the excellent advice he’d given, which saved her from years of sorrow and strife. “I’ve had a good, satisfying life.”
He nodded. “I remember you well. You played like an angel. Rarely have I heard better.”
LindaEllen’s fingers curled into claws. “But then why did you discourage me? I could’ve become a great cellist like you!”
He shook his head. “No, you could never have done that. Becoming a musician is incredibly difficult even for the most gifted, with disappointment and dismay a million times more common than encouragement. It requires an unshakable will and a massive tolerance for pain. If it was at all possible to discourage you, it was my job to do so before heartbreak did it for you.”
This anecdote has nothing to do with writing, of course. I don’t even know why I bother to bring it up.
Do you ?
What about you?
My, I’m a downer today. I’m sure some of the other writers taking part in this blog hop will have more upbeat advice for you.