Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Gluttons For Punishment

By Richard Jay Parker

Had an interesting tweet from another writer (thanks, Michael) who said that most of the writers he had encountered on Twitter were from the UK.  It's an interesting obervation.  For such a small island we certainly have a considerable, creative weight.

As well as our rich literary history I commented that perhaps it's because we're all gluttons for punishment here.  Anyone who chooses to find their way in a career of writing knows they have an arduous journey ahead.  The rewards, financial or otherwise are never guaranteed.

There are all sorts of theories about why the UK has exuded more than its fair share of creativity on all fronts.  One favourite is that our system of benefits has allowed many aspiring artists and writers to find the time to develop their skills.

Whether this is true or not perhaps it's a combination of our optimistic, never say die spirit as well as a touch of insanity.

But having made contact with writers at different stages of their careers worldwide it's true to say that we all share the same dogged approach and, moreover, a global camaraderie and willingness to help and support each other.

Long may it continue.

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