Wednesday, June 5, 2013
IWSG - June edition
Welcome to the June edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! This is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, and I encourage you to check out his blog and join the list. Baring your insecurities in public has never been so fun!
Here's a question for you: has anyone ever made you feel bad about what you write (and yes, I know the Eleanor Roosevelt quote that says no one can make you feel inferior without your permission, but still...)? I've had this experience several times, usually at a conference. I'll meet another writer, ask them about their work, and when they find out I write romance, the conversation tends to shut down.
"Oh," they'll say, their eyes casting about for someone else to talk to. "I don't really read _those books_." Insert a smirk and a scoff, and a remark about 'real' writing.
Why do we do this to each other? Why do we try to make other authors feel that their work is somehow 'less,' whatever that means? Can't we support each other, and celebrate the fact that there is diversity and limitless creativity in the writing world?
Maybe that's a little too kumbaya of me, and maybe I'm being naive, but I don't think of writing and publishing as a zero-sum game. Rather, the success of other writers, regardless of genre, will only serve to help the community as a whole. Haven't we seen time and again that the runaway success of one book will boost sales of others in that genre? People find something they like to read, and it causes them to explore other options. Everybody wins.
So what's your response when someone dismisses what you do? How do you keep their scorn and negative attitude from getting you down?