Now, yes, bullying. When I first started writing online, I thought bullying only existed in a few writing communities – mostly the ones with lots of teenagers – but I’m starting to see that’s not the case.
Writing is already hard enough – we need to deal with editors, beta readers, publishers, agents, reviewers, readers, and now our own fellow writers.
Sometimes, it seems when we take two took steps forward, there is another writer who is acting like:
Self-publishing may be more accepted today, but I remember meeting one writer online who looked down on self-publishing. She mentioned she wanted to do traditional publishing because it would prove her writing ability. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally ok with that, but I think as writers, we need to be more supportive of one another. The same writer who said that also looks down on other writers who aren’t as good as her.
In the end, the point of this post is, if you meet fellow writers you get along with and who support you, appreciate one another. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, but with a good support system, you can get through it.
I feel like there is a war in our writing communities. However, if you find those who care about you, then walk away from the war, improve your craft, and let everyone else do the fighting.