Monday, 28 March 2011
Sharing the Pie
I had intended to reveal the cover of my novel today, but you’re going to have to wait until next week for that happy event! Over the weekend I was disappointed and my inner equilibrium disturbed. I need to share my thoughts on that.
Writing is a tough career choice. The writing world is full of a huge number of talented people and a limited number of readers. The writing pie is only so big.
Or so I’m told.
I think differently. I think that we can all have a slice of the pie, because there is space ‘out there’ for all our stories to be told. Each writer’s voice is unique and there is a place in this world for that voice to be heard…if we all respect each other and help each other and share in each other’s successes as much as we empathise with each other’s disappointments.
I discovered, though, that the most unexpected people don’t feel like this. To some, their hunger—for fame, for success, for money, or whatever—is so great that they’ll lie (by omission or commission) to friends and colleagues, they’ll use the work and effort of others without acknowledgment and, yes, hungrily grab a slice of pie without so much as a public thank-you.
Will I stop helping those who turn to me for writing advice or assistance? Of course not.
Although, because of other commitments, there may be future times I’ll be unable to help as much as I’d like to, I will, as much as I’m physically able, continue to help those who ask.
Am I a fool? Shouldn’t I retreat into the laager to protect myself and my own writing dreams and ambitions?
I’d rather let the spiritual law of Karma come into play: for every act and choice we make, there is a consequence. And, like love, the writing pie is infinite. The more we put into it, the more it will grow and grow. Those who feed greedily at the trough will, at first, get a bigger slice of the pie because their need is clearly greater.
Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Ghandhi said, ‘The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed.’
If my need for fame and success and wealth is less than another’s, leaving me with a smaller piece of the pie, well, so be it.
Insha'Allah. God's Will. Karma.
Perhaps, in future, I will again be disappointed when someone I liked and trusted, rushes to gobble at the pie, trampling my good will along the way. But, as the heart-warming thanks from writers Damaria Senne and Tiah Marie Beautement and the unexpected kindness of others such as Robert Wilkinson, remind me, there are still many more people out there in the writing world who are happy to share the pie. And it’s those generous writers, who act rather than compete, who continue to make the writing pie delicious and help restore my inner equilibrium.
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