Sunday, May 1, 2011
Sound Off: Writers are a Breed Apart
I realized she was right, based on my own experience. In the art, music, sports, equestrian activities, military, business and even education arenas, I've encountered fierce--and sometimes cutting competition--to be the one in that #1 slot. Although competition does exist among writers, for the most part it's such a difficult, frustrating, lonely and lengthy struggle toward publication, that I think we do tend to band together to offer support, advice and encouragement, rather than practice one-upmanship.
Although close friendships often form between peers in other arenas, it's often in spite of the competition, not because of the common pursuit.
So why are those of us who chase the paper dream (or electronic dream) so welcoming and encouraging to our peers?
I think it's because in our industry, we recognize there's always room at the top for more successful writers, more authors, more books. Because we are consumers as well as producers of our product, we know there can never be such as thing as too many books or authors. The next big blockbuster is a victory for us all.
That's my take. What do you think?