In part one and part two, we talked about advertising, basically.
In part three, I’m going to stretch myself so far out on the limb that you’re probably going to knock me off like a cheap Christmas tree ornament. I’m going to speak about the greatest fear that every writer has.
No, it’s not the fear of rejection. If you’ve been in the game long, you are well acquainted with rejection. (raspberry!) I’m talking about the fear of plagiarism. Ooh, yes, even as I say the word you are drawing your manuscript to your chest and checking your security status.
Just like our children, we must let our prose fly free. Unlike our children, we must trust that we will produce more stories and poems. Right now the important thing is to launch ourselves from our hideaways and our secret journals.
Ah, if we can only catch a little wind in our sails…
I know exactly what you are thinking. I’m reading your mind. Ommm, Ummm. You’re shaking your head yes and scheming behind my back: I will give more, but not my very best stuff. I know this, because I am guilty of holding back my best.
We ( I type the word we, but I’m thinking the words me-me-me ) must not worry about someone printing our story and passing it around the office. This is success, not theft. We can only pray that our names and a url address appears somewhere on that sheet that’s making the rounds.
Thoughts? Debates? Any plans formulating?
BTW: If anyone wants to pick up this tread, I love to read your ideas on the subject. Even if you are going to say, ‘That CM is all wet.’
I just now speculating about all this, myself.
In fact, I’d love to read it even more when you disagree.
I have a superior sense of humor, if I do say so myself. And I have been known to be wrong–once–two times, tops.