Friday, August 28, 2009
Writers:Egos and Insecurities
Okay, I know its not politically correct to vent on line but I'm about to do it. A friend of mine has been trying to get a manuscript sold for quite awhile. I've read it. Its well written. She has a lovely talent of describing things and places without bogging you down with extraneous information. And its a good read. Definitely falls under the category of sweet romance.
I just received an email from her telling me that a 'pro-writer' had been at her library reading and selling her (the pro-writer's) book. To boost interest she had a drawing offering a fifty page critique. Unfortunately, my friend won. This woman trashed my friend's work in front of other people, throwing around terms like no talent, no creativity, toss it.
Can you believe this?
Most of us that write are an insecure breed. Well okay obviously this particular 'pro-writer', and I use the term loosely because I don't understand a professional acting like that, is the exception. To do this to anyone is inexcuseable, but to someone who is still trying to sell her first novel. There's absolutely no excuse for it.
I've heard horror stories from my friends, and it always astounds me that anyone could have such a bloated, inflated ego that they would crush others to make themselves look good, at least in their eyes. And I can think of no other reason for such actions.
Have you ever had this happen to you? I sincerely hope not.