Poetry Monday: A Nod to Shakespeare

Today’s Genreality post by Charlene Teglia contained this nod to Shakespeare:

To write or not to write, that is the question;
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of outrageous rejections,
or to take arms against a sea of critics,
and by opposing end them?

Teglia’s post is about the dangers of analysis paralysis.  Goodness knows I’ve suffered my share of it.  I’ve also acted impulsively enough (with both positive and negative consequences) to reinforce my desire to analyze.  (Or is that anal-ize?) Our brains are predisposed to remember bad outcomes — if we survive them.  And so we tend to think and re-think our possibilities.

However, when I read these lines, I couldn’t help thinking of my friend Kris Tualla.  She’s having her launch party tonight for her novel A Woman of Choice.  Kris has taken up arms, not against a sea of critics (her book has received positive words from the likes of Diana Gabaldon) but against a timid editorial environment. She did not choose to give up.  Instead Kris chose (with the support of her agent) to create her own publishing label and independently publish the first three books of her Hansen series while her agent submits the other two to traditional publishers.

No analysis paralysis here.  Kris isn’t waiting for the gatekeepers’ blessing, and she won’t have any regrets due to inaction.

There’s been so much written about the positive and negative aspects of traditional and self publishing (some on this blog) that it would be easy to freeze like a deer in the headlights and do nothing.  Kris chose instead to act.

So congratulations, Kris, and good luck!

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