First of all, Steve Spohn was the Random.org selected winner of the Writer's Digest Magazine subscription. Thanks for all the great writing resources posted on last Thursday's post!
We often write with a slant. After all, we query editors with ideas intended to match the readership of a publication. Left wing, right wing, Protestant, Catholic, wild game eaters, vegans, home-schooling, public school - we are supposed to be able to move with the subject, telling the story that needs telling. Or more so, telling the story that an editor wants to buy. We are spin masters!
However, when it comes to our profession, we tend to don blinders, dig in heels, and tout missives about "the best way" to do many tasks. For people being so open minded when writing articles and posts, we sure can be stubborn when it comes to topics like:
-libraries loaning e-books
-Amazon's payment policy
-selective agents and subsequent rejections
-Big Six publishers versus small presses
-level of social media participation
-and so on
As someone once against self-publishing, I've learned to accept its place in the industry. I'll use whatever comma rule an editor wants me to use. I've chosen a small press for my fiction, but do not profess it's the best and only decision that makes sense. I blog, but don't expect every writer to own a five-post-per-week blog.
As the member of several listservs, where writers list their stands on many subjects in the industry, I easily tire of those touting one road to anything. I'm not far from removing my name off most of them. As fallible, less-than-perfect human beings, how dare we profess one method to our madness? As creative creatures, we are diverse by nature, a freedom we should embrace.
Live and let live. Each author can pick a route and make it work for him in terms of writing, promotion, agents, and publishing. And we need to accept the choices of that author. We don't have to buy his book or comment on his blog, but we don't have to bash his chosen direction.
Because we have a voice . . . because we have the Internet . . . doesn't mean we have to use either like a megaphone, flaunting our decisions and belittling others. To each his own - live and let live. As the clamor settles down, you might learn another way to be better at what you do.