You know, one of the best things about the holidays (whether you celebrate them or not) is the feeling that something is different all around us. People's attitudes shift. I think the best thing about that is the mood to celebrate something, whether that be the change in season, a specific holiday and its meaning, giving a gift to someone, etc. And one of the best things about celebrating is that it's HAPPY!
I've been thinking a lot lately about a term Davin always uses, and that's to "celebrate other writing." This is exactly what we try to do here on the Literary Lab with our anthologies we publish each year. They are all a chance for us to celebrate other writing. We love writing, and we love those who want to celebrate it with us. We hope we get enough entries this year to make our anthologies worth doing in future years, and so I ask myself why I like them so much. Why do I want to to celebrate writing? The answer is simple, and it's because I adore the creative process. Even when I read a piece of fiction that I feel is mediocre (and oftentimes, it's my own stuff, hah!), published or not, I still want to celebrate the fact that it was created. I may not like certain types of writing. I might think something is not as good as it could be, but it doesn't matter. The base emotion I always want when it comes to reading is appreciation for what is before me.
So I urge everyone this season to gather within yourself a celebratory attitude for writing in general. You don't have to hate certain fiction, and if you read something that doesn't agree with you, remember in your feedback (if you give any, and especially if it's public), that respect for the medium should always be the root of your feedback. I think when that happens, it's easier to celebrate writing, even if some of it isn't our cup of tea. In fact, this past year as I've taken on this more celebratory attitude, thanks to Davin, I've learned to like more kinds of fiction than I used to. It has expanded my mind and my writing, as well.
So, happy celebrating! And get to writing. We want to see an entry from you so we can celebrate what you've done!