Friday, November 25, 2011
Change Sucks . . . or Does It?
And writers continue to wring their hands.
They whine that things aren't what they used to be. Or the business is all but bankrupt. Nobody can make a decent living. Everybody piece meals an income together, with no one making respectable wages. Amazon, Google, The Author's Guild, etc continue to point fingers and sue each other over changes, rights, the ability to earn a living. There might be some justification for some suits, but seriously. When writers raise hell, fuss and sling blame in anything other than rare occasion, they hurt themselves more than anyone else.
I follow a blog called Life Optimizer. Nice advice on how to live. I need this type of blog sprinkled in the midst of my sea of writing blogs that pour through my email. It keeps me grounded, sane, and civil.
Per the author, Sh--t, um...change happens. And we can make personal adjustments to deal with it. Let me summarize in my own words, so I don't just regurgitate someone else's blog.
Let change happen. At least the change that you can do nothing about. Of course you need to snatch your child out of the street, but why bitch about the Big Six publishers doing all that they do? Why cry about Amazon? When you hear change and then knee-jerk respond in emails, texts, and blog posts, you are wasting your time, energy and precious brain power that could be better used writing.
Accept the fact that change exists, and the world isn't going to always behave in a manner you respect. Just like someone, somewhere, doesn't like the way you write, reply, speak, look, walk, smell, etc. Change keeps this world alive and interesting. If it doesn't go your way, suck it up. Pick your fights carefully, and let the rest just wash over you.
Unless you're in court and somebody needs to be found guilty, forget placing blame. Change is never one person's fault in this crazy industry we work within. It's a huge machine with many gears that turns slowly. The Internet may make it seem change happens like a toggle switch, but it doesn't, and we don't know all the details that led to the results.The longer you think about it, the deeper you go, and chances are the more radical you'll take that trek. In other words, you over think. Again, let it wash over you.
Fighting and writing rarely coexist in a healthy manner. I know this globe is currently in the midst of economic and political chaos, but that doesn't mean you have to jump in the fray and fight for fairness in publishing. Like in economics and politics, fairness depends on the interpretation, and few agree.
How about this? Steer clear of the animosity, accept the fact the change is a fact, and write your story. Simplify your life, quiet the fury, and watch your productivity soar.