The topic this week from the SFF Seven is “How do you keep your ego in check?”
And I’m just thinking– pretty much by being a midlist fantasy writer. Frankly, I can’t imagine anyone getting too big of a head doing this work.
More to the point, you have to get in the absolute top levels of this industry to even be in danger of getting a big head. Unless you were already the type of person for whom any level of success would inflate your ego. To an extent, that’s some Dunning-Kruger territory.
Look, I don’t want to give the sense that I’m not thrilled, absolutely thrilled that this is my life, and that I’m incredibly fortunate that my hard work has paid off as well as it has, that I get to tell the story of Maradaine and all the champions within that magical city. That I get to keep telling it. It’s amazing.
But aside from a few brief moments, rarely does anything in this business actually charge your ego up. It’s far more of a Keep Your Chin Up So They Don’t Grind You Down sort of industry.
I still love it, though. I love the work. Time to get back to it.