Ok, not blind but certainly seeing red.
So, here is a serious question. Can you affect any change in this country’s political atmosphere by bitching about it on social media? Then Stop.
If you are a writer like I am, the last thing you want to be is an activist. One of my favorite journalists was Walter Cronkite. Why? Other than he loved cats, he told it like it was. No spin, just the facts.
It makes little difference what Trump or Biden said or did. You are going to change nothing by whining about it and, you will piss off half your readers.
That goes for actors and anyone in the public spotlight. What you do for a living makes you/us more reserved in our decrying foul.
Under your pen name as an author, your politics should not enter into the picture.
I have one friend who is a writer. His public displays of venom are so entrenched in his social media post he will never publish. Why?
So here is the truth of it.
Let’s say you have a desire to be traditionally published.
Everyone thinks they can write and, after NANOWRIMO, the agent’s inboxes are flooded with shit. No, it is shit for the most part; why?
A good writer knows to put their baby in a drawer somewhere and start on something else. After they finish that draft, they pull their baby out and mature it, and so on.
Many of my published works should have stayed in the drawer. The truth of it is, I needed feedback from you or people like you. Self-publishing, making mistakes, and learning is how I chose to mature as an author. Now let’s take that to the next level.
I am currently working on a trilogy with magic and gods and witches and all of the things YA love. While my beta readers are looking it over, I am working on it and other things.
Recent events have screwed with my creative eye, so to speak.
My friend, who is spewing venom on social media, is a good writer. When he queries an agent guess what they are going to do if they like his writing?
Yep, search social media.
When they find his hatred for millions of Americans, how far do you think they will pursue representing him?
I usually don’t swear to swear. When I do, it is for a reason. The reason is I want to drive the point home. Don’t fucking share your political shit on social media!
Did it work?
There are some actors that I enjoyed over the years that I can no longer stomach. They are ugly ass people inside. If and when I see them on TV, I think of who they really are and switch them off.
That is why they should never use the soapbox to preach to us peons about how we should feel or vote. They are by far some of the stupidest people who ever walked the earth by what they say. They are only worth watching because of writers like you and me. They can remember a script and emote—big damned deal.
They spend their lives delivering line after line on the silver screen, and we fall in love with them. When we meet them or listen to their take on life living in their ivory towers, I wouldn’t walk across the street to save them from getting hit by a streetcar.
Who you love is the writer or writers that created that dialogue for them.
If you want the world thinking that of you as a writer, go ahead. Tell the world how you feel. Then retire and hope you have enough saved up to survive.
Just because you listen entirely to Fox or CNN does not make your point of view any more important than mine or your neighbors.
We have lost the ability to respect differing opinions. It is best to keep your damned mouth shut.
I mean this is the most loving of ways. I wish my friend would listen as he is a good writer. He is merely acting like an asshole.
The sun will rise, and it will set.
Those who control the politicians will reign them in, and life will go on.
Read my novel Presidential Assassins if you want to know how it all works. I bet I am close to accurate.
TATA, for now, Happy 2021.
As 2021 tells 2020 to hold my beer and watch this, buckle up, the ride has just begun.
Much love- TW