Monday, April 30, 2018

Competition

I loath competition in real life. In real life, there is room for everyone. There is room for every creation of art. There is room for everyone to succeed or at least contribute. There is room for everyone to grow. When people compete in the day to day world of art, we see people who are angry, bitter, burned out, and feel the world is out to get them. It's the same in a non-art work environment. If your office mates think they must always one-up you, the work environment becomes rather tense.

But doesn't everyone want to rise to the top? Isn't showing off how you are the best and have the best ideas... isn't that what will get you hired or get the raise or whatever elevation you seek? I say, no. Cooperation, the listing of others, the noticing of others' gifts is what will help you rise and get the best results for everyone, the company or the audience of art lovers.

When I share a stage with someone, I see how they contribute, how we all contribute to the better of the whole situation. I may not LOVE their art/music/act/voice, but someone does and supporting them and their art, contributes positively to my art. Every artist does what they do to express something. Expression touches people who identify with that expression. Laughter, tears, and thoughts are the result of these expressions. THIS is the most important thing about art. Any art that reaches people in some way is worth existing... and therefor, ALL ART is worth existing. There is infinite space for all art, even if one person says it's "bad."

I wrote a "bad" review on my book blog for the book Beer Money by an Australian writer Matthew Freeman. BUT, I did not say simply this is a horrible book because that would be untrue. I said SPECIFICALLY what was wrong with the flow of the book from my perspective and why the characters seem to be lies. In this way, I feel I contribute, not rip apart, the art. I positively hate criticism with no information on the actual problem or how to repair the issue. This book deserves to exist. Before I wrote what I wrote, I looked up the book and looked at several websites where readers had written that they had laughed out loud. THAT is all the qualification that this art needs to warrant its existence... and furthermore that the artist should create more if it is in him to do so.

On all three of my active blogs, I do not expect anyone to read or respond to them. I write for myself. The author found my review. I'm not sure how much digging it took to find a blog post that has been seen less than 20 times or if my search settings are just that darned good, but I'm glad he found it, and HONORED that he wrote a comment. The fact that I had this much to say about art and the infinite space the world has for art is a testament that he should indeed write whatever and to whomever he wants. Words have power, good power if you let them. His comment could have put me in the dumps. I don't want to say anything is "not good," that's just not a normal part of my repertoire.  That blog is more a "notes to self" on writing than a "reviews" page. I read to learn from other authors. I get ideas and grow from everything I read. This book is no exception.

I hope we all, as artists, learn and grow in order to make our expressions reach the hearts, minds, and souls of even more art lovers. Yes, Matthew Freeman, laughter is a very good thing and makes every line of your book worth its existence in our vast wide world of art.

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