This Writing Life
Writer and psychologist.
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🙂 I like ‘Shit storm’ — has a certain charm.
What a relief to read your views, after the level of invective, reminiscent of schoolyard bullying, in some of the comments elsewhere.
I’m also not convinced by the ‘tough love’ argument. Doesn’t it imply that talent and persistence are identical? I always recall John Kennedy Toole when I hear it.
Thanks for your comment, I think you’re right — there can be a bit of bullying involved. Whether or not there is in this case, I don’t know, but it doesn’t hurt to be positive occasionally!
Lee is a blogger with a wide audience whereas Steve is trying to sell his work so this has the subtext of Bambi vs. Godzilla.
These are good comments on a good post, I think. Steve, good to hear your explanation of the email you sent round — I thought it was probably something like that. I think Lee just reacted too quickly, you know, how people do to emails sometimes. Pity he posted his reaction quite so publicly, as you say, Ian. And I think David’s comment is pertinent.
Ian, I agree with you that in my travels through the wonderful universe of bloggers, I have encountered so much warmth and encouragement, of authors to each other and of non-authors to authors. I am sure that on the whole, despite exceptions like the Lee/Steve “affair”, blogging and bloggers are a great source of psychological support to authors who otherwise would be struggling in their garrets with nobody to know of their existence.
I am not an author, but I know how much the experience of blogging has provided psyscological support to me, and has done more for my lifelong curse of depression than anything else. I could analyse that for ages but will spare you!
Thanks for your comments, David and Maxine. It’s certainly easy to get depressed as a writer (the odds of getting published aren’t great), but I guess it’s par for the course. I like the idea of blogger camaraderie, though. Lighting a candle, and all that.
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