Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writing in Theory & Practice: Don't Lose Your Head

Words can heal or entertain, to be sure, but they can also become steely knives that cut uncomfortably deep, either leaving everlasting scars as cruel reminders or putrid wounds that pus and fester, oblivious to the march of time.

You would think that having a thick skin would be a prerequisite for being a writer, but as there has been an influx of folk taking the plunge, in no small part due to technology making publishing as easy as filling out an online form (funny how so many still manage to get it wrong, even when coddled by well-intentioned programmers), it looks to me that there's a whole flock of ink-slingers out there with raw nerves, eager to regurgitate their 140 characters of pompous bile.

Everyone's a small press, vanity, or self-publisher these days.

Everyone's a writer, author, wordsmith, warrior poet.

And everyone has a bloody opinion and a soapbox from which to voice it.

The internet is awash in drama. Every day there seems to be a new race, gender, genre war, or some "writer" casting dispersions in regard to unfavorable reviews or entering into full prima donna mode over some perceived slight or another.

Let me give you some writerly advice. Nowadays — you know, in a world where anyone can call themselves a writer, where anyone can be published — maybe, just maybe you might want to adopt a modicum of professionalism.

Think before you type.

Going through life all butthurt and crazy isn't good for you or anyone around you. And more often than not, it's going to drive readers away from you, not towards.

I'm not saying not to stand up for what you believe in, by all means, I'm as guilty as the next guy or gal, but you should always approach online discourse as a professional.

Always.


1 comment:

  1. Totally agree with you Bob. It sickens me sometimes the word vomit that some writers publish, and then become so sensitive over because of a low star rating and review. Anyone can become a published author, but it takes lots of time, sweat, learning and professionalism to become a Good Author.

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