A funny thing happened as I read this blog. Of course I took away the obvious message but beneath that, it dawned on me who my target audience for “Fireflies” and “Hope From the Ocean” should be.
In direct reference to this blog, I have witnessed these things between other authors but thankfully, have not “felt” them personally. I suppose these literary rivalries have been going on since the chisel and tablet. I agree it’s about time it stops. I’d love to raise a glass with some fellow writers sometime. Although in the real world, I’m painfully shy. 😉 Thank you so much Tara for your brilliant insight!
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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