Most people see a dandelion growing in their lawn, garden, or flower beds and immediately think weed. They are the bane of most people’s carefully manicured yards. And they are dealt with harshly; usually with a bottle of chemical weed killer or a weed digger.
But let me tell you a secret: Dandelions are amazing plants.
Yes, you heard me right. Whatever god thought them up should be congratulated. Why you ask? Because Dandelions have some really cool properties, of course.
The leaves can be eaten in salad to help with digestion, lower blood pressure, and improve the enamel of your teeth. The white fluid from the stems applied to warts, acne, or blisters for 2-3 days will dry them up. I’m partial to the roots. Dig it up. Dry it out. Grind it up. And brew it like tea and you have a lovely coffee substitute.
But it doesn’t end there. You see I’ve learned some very important lessons from the Dandelion that has helped me be a better writer.
A diverse backlist attracts readers like yellow flowers attracts butterflies and bees. Wearing many hats means writing, publishing, designing covers, formatting books, and marketing.
If you are helpful, people return the favor and they keep you around. People who see Dandelions as helpful don’t yank them out so easily. Readers who see nice, helpful authors don’t drop them under their feet but support them.
No matter how many times people spray their lawns for dandelions and yank them out of the ground. They always find a way back in. Authors are the same. Bad reviews don’t keep us down. Yeah, it hurts are feelings, and it might take them awhile before we show our faces, but a true author and dandelion never give up. They preserve despite all odds and hatred for them.
If you want to survive in life and publishing, learn to adapt to your surroundings. Yeah, you could try to force the world around you to conform to you, but more then likely you’ll only be broken by their unyielding. This doesn’t mean conform. It means adapting to the world and learning to live in it. Find a way into their hearts and their minds and possibly leave your mark on it.
Yep, Dandelions are amazing plants, but then so are writers. 😀