You Don’t Belong Here (Thoughts After Seeing Cars 3)

Cars 3 opened this weekend and I had to go see it. I have really enjoyed the Cars movies, including Cars 2. Most times when I go to the movie, I go to just escape for a couple of hours and enjoy myself. But something happened in this movie and I wanted share some thoughts I had.

“You don’t belong here.” That is what the “villain” said in the movie said a few times. “You don’t belong here.”

Before I go any farther, let me tell you the synopsis of the movie (from Wikipedia):

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

The new generation of race cars are sleeker, faster, and have so many new technologies to help them train for racing. There is definitely a lot of money involved in helping them become the best. It can almost seem impossible to beat them.

You Don’t Belong Here.

That is a feeling that I think many indie authors might feel, like they don’t belong. They don’t have a publisher, a team of people doing their marketing, or anything like that. Indie authors do it all on their own and I can only assume that it can seem really daunting at times. It can make you feel like you don’t belong here. Why should you even write?

I am here to tell you that the publishers are wrong. The big time publishers are trying to keep up with you. You can put books out when you want. You can write what you want and not feel you have to follow a trend in the writing industry. You get to write what you want, when you want, and publish it when you want.

They can’t keep up with you. It takes them way too long to put out a book/series. Readers don’t want to wait three years for a series to complete, and that is what publishers do. You can publish a series in one year if you want.

To all the indie authors out there:

YOU DO BELONG HERE!

You are the reason this blog exists. You are the reason why my podcast exists. Don’t forget that you do have a team, just like the published authors. You have your editor, cover designer, formatter, and readers. We love your stories, want to share your stories, and want to see you become successful. We don’t want to go to a store and read the same story over and over. You belong here, you write the stories that we love to read.

So keep writing. Keep dreaming. Keep imagining amazing stories and write them. It all starts with one word, one sentence, or one idea. Make your dreams come true. We (the indie community) have your back and want to help you succeed.

You don’t do belong here. And don’t you forget it.

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