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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Do Writers Feel Loved?
not a therapist, psychiatrist, or a social worker – nor do I play one on
television, but it is safe to say that today’s author feels like he or she can
use one. And probably should.
would I say that authors are crazy or stressed out or mentally handicapped?
are many sane writers. Not everyone is filled with drama or confronting
suicidal ideology, but so many writers write because of all types of pain,
challenges, and stresses. They want to help others but need to help themselves.
They want to make others happy but need to find their own happiness. They want
people to feel liberated, balanced, and improved, but they also need to work at
their own approach to life.
try to correct the world’s reality with their fantasy. They attempt to reshape
how we see the world or to actually reshape the world itself. They lead
sometimes by example and deed, but often by demands, hopes, and dreams – and
often our writers are misunderstood, under-read, poorly compensated, and not
celebrated. Certainly some break through and gain fame and fortune. The vast
majority do not. It takes a toll on writers.
Some writers harm their cause. They:
with negative self-talk.
themselves with weak, negative, non-supportive people.
illegal substances or psyche drugs to medicate what their writing needs to
misinformed or lack proper information.
distorted perceptions of reality.
blinded by ego, greed, or envy.
acknowledge other great books.
But in the defense of writers, they are:
to compete in a highly competitive environment.
when their words can’t change actions, convince minds or win over hearts.
writers need more support, professionally and personally. They have PTSD from
rejection, negative reviews, low compensation, and little support from those
closest to them. Today’s writer deserves more. Writers also need to take more
responsibility for their well-being and to be honest about their writing.
have always loved to write and define my sense of self and worth by my ability
to write. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a best-selling book to receive
awards, and to get media praise for my work? That still eludes me.
found my therapeutic outlet. It is this blog, one that approaches its 3600th post
as it hits nine years this May. I make no money from it and don’t receive the
recognition from the book publishing community that I feel it deserves.So what? Screw ‘em all. I write for you – and
for myself. Those that read this blog get an Ivy League education in book
marketing. For free. Those who don’t even know it exists, well, that’s up to my
readers and how well they spread the word of mouth.There’s genius in these blog posts, isn’t
Every writer has an ego. For some, it gets
them into trouble. They think too highly of themselves. Others don’t think
enough of themselves. A balance must be struck.
it’s time I consult a therapist. Maybe you should do the same. All writers search
for things that will never come, and all writers have some kind of issue to work
through. Take care of yourself and keep on writing!