Writing is a lonely sort of profession, or pastime … or punishment.
But some people don’t work alone. I have recently joined that ‘club’ and have been collaborating with a group of people to write a podcast serial comedy series, It’s about time travel agency. This is my first foray into collaboration and the lesson learned is, you need to learn to take criticism.
Where do your ideas come from? How do you think of such crazy/wonderful things? Writing is similar to raising a child. When someone critiques your child you take it personally. And perhaps it shouldn’t be, but you look on it as a reflection of you. This is my take-away. I have to learn that my writing isn’t me, and critique isn’t an attack on me, but is a second opinion looking to make the writing better.
Pride. This is something that Marcellus Wallace said to Butch in Pulp Fiction. “Night of the fight, you might feel a slight sting. That’s pride fuckin’ with you. Fuck pride! Pride only hurts, it never helps. You fight through that shit.”
So, don’t let pride hurt you. Don’t let your ego stand in the way. This is a really hard lesson for me. When you’ve been in the game solo, and you don’t get recognition all that often, ego is the thing that keeps you moving. In my head I think Melville died a pauper. William Blake died penniless. Edgar Allan Poe died without ever making a living through his writing.
Recognition and monetary compensation are part of the dream many writers have, but let’s face it; in these times everyone and their brother is ‘publishing’ and there is a shit-ton of stuff to read. How do people sort through the rubbish and find the gold? You know there’s lots of gold out there and amazingly talented people who will, perhaps, never get discovered.
Collaboration might be one of the keys to becoming known and having a chance of rising above the crowd.
pardon the unusual post. sometimes when one writes it leads in unexpected or unusual directions.
strikes me that two activities I enjoy, distance running and writing, are both solo activities. Guess I am an introvert, really.