Outta My Mind
Posted by Joanne Hayle
Besides my all consuming book editing I have just caught up on recent blog posts that I follow.
There’s a lot talent out there, thanks for blogging.
A writing community website that I look at frequently had the dubious honour of witnessing an argument between two writers in the last few days.
While it is not worth condoning their exchange I found myself laughing quietly at the ever more wordy diatribes. When writers have a spat, well, it’s an education…
The two gentleman were not just vying for the prize of the largest ego and declaring their rival was lacking in talent, even to the point of naming their publishers, their language was suggesting that:
a. Apart from their colourful language, they were checking dictionaries for the longest words they could find to launch their written missiles in a ridiculous game of one-upmanship.
b. Words are weapons in the wrong hands, one can only hope that they understood the meaning of ALL the words that they were using.
c. No matter how large your ego is, how much in royalties you earn from your book, who has the most prestigious publisher, how you dress up “constructive” criticism sometimes what you write is no more than an insult.
BUT most of all when people make the mistake of taking themselves too seriously and therefore abuse their gift, in this case their writing ability, it reveals the lack of respect to their fellow human, the misapprehensions that they labour under and it leads to a stormy reminder that rather than knocking others talents we could and should be grateful and supportive instead.
A war of words BENEFITS NOBODY no matter what language, genre or market you aim for.
Now for something lighter:
Outta My Mind
I’ve been working on my book
My head feels like I gave it a right hook
I’m almost, but not quite, out of words
I know it sounds daft, positively absurd
But I think I’ll dream about my subject
In Technicolor tonight until I roundly object
Tomorrow morn with zeal anew
I’ll edit on and immerse myself in word stew
But about it I’m really rather excited
My enthusiasm cannot been blighted
Real unknown people have pre-ordered it
Which frankly, sent me outta my mind for a bit!
Yep, I am sooooooooo loving being a writer bod! 🙂
Have fun, ENJOY life and your talents and don’t get into any online arguments 😉
About Joanne HayleI am Joanne Hayle, I love writing. It is the best way to express myself. www.joannehayle.co.uk is my website which links to here. I have O.C.D and P.T.S.D. This site is a testament to the fact that with expert help what can feel like the end of the world, isn't. THANK GOD!! I have books on Amazon, have been included in poetry anthologies and children's books plus a really lovely amount of freelance work. You can also see my children's stories for free on www.childrens-stories.net.
Posted on March 8, 2015, in advice, Books, inspiration, knowledge base, online community, respect, rivals, writing online and tagged attitude, author, business, competition, confidence, enjoy life. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.