C’mon, Writers! 5 Reasons To Ditch The Rivalry

Humorous and oh so true!

Tara Sparling writes

MOTHER OF GOD ALL THESE OTHER BOOKS ARE SO INTIMIDATING MOTHER OF GOD ALL THESE OTHER BOOKS ARE SO INTIMIDATING

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about rivalry in the writing and publishing industries. And it’s a sad state of affairs. Because it’s complete and utter nonsense.

Rivalry is an alluring demon for authors (and, indeed, reviewers). For one thing, the very nature of writing  – a solitary activity, which rarely if ever allows for human interaction in the physical act itself – can make the loveliest, gentlest human into a raving, paranoid lunatic.

For instance, by the time a writer emerges from the Nth draft of their novel, covered in the primordial goo of self-doubt, the blinding fog that is fear of failure, never mind that murky quicksand which is the fear of success, the public domain can look like a row of guns and spears, all pointing at you. Some of them will just shoot you where you stand. You’ll manage to run in to the spears all by yourself. But it all looks terribly nasty. (And that’s enough sloppy metaphors.)

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2 thoughts on “C’mon, Writers! 5 Reasons To Ditch The Rivalry

  1. Yet it’s natural to feel envy about the work of others in your field, no matter what the field is. But it’s a mistake to let it affect our own work, for sure!

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    • Exactly Luanne! Excellence in others should only inspire you to strive for it yourself. The belief that someone else’s success takes away from your own is a sad way to live.

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