When I looked up the word Admire in the dictionary, I got this answer:
“To regard somebody or something with approval, appreciation or respect.”
That’s a pretty wide-ranged definition given that each of those words means something different. So let’s break this down:
Respect – I honestly respect every person who has ever attempted to write a book. Anyone who has even attempted it knows how hard it is. Not every book is a grand masterpiece and they shouldn’t be. But the simple fact that you spent the time and effort to put the idea in your head to paper is terrific. It doesn’t matter if your book is ever published or if you even wanted it to be published. What matters is you did it. Period. You are an author I admire.
Appreciation – I appreciate every person who was/is willing to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Giving back, helping others, teaching what you’ve learned so others can succeed like you did—how incredibly cool is that? If it wasn’t for those great people who are too many to name, I doubt that I would’ve ever been published. Heck, I doubt I ever would’ve finished writing a book let alone submit it to a publisher. I sincerely admire everyone who takes the time to help others be better writers.
Approval – I admire everyone who has learned how to turn-off the need for approval. Yeah, this is a bit backwards, but in writing I find it to be so necessary yet hard to do. Approval can equate to an agents acceptance or a publishers acquisition of your book. It can be reviewer’s ratings or seller’s rankings or number of books sold. For some it can equate to income or hitting a list. It can be a few or all of those things depending on the circumstances. So for those authors who have harnessed that rare ability to simply write for themselves and not give a crap about the rest of the stuff, I really, really admire you.
Someday, I hope to be like you.