Writers’ Karma

I’m not sure that I actually believe in Karma, but recent events are helping to make me think maybe there is something to the  concept.

A few months ago, I began mentoring a writer friend who had some pretty serious writer’s block going on.  I kind of specialize in writer’s block ever since I had a severe bout of it myself many years ago.  I’ve studied it, researched it, developed theories and practices for myself, but this is the first time I’ve worked intensively one-on-one with someone who is going through the agony of being blocked.  I feel his pain – literally and figuratively.  But he is making the most amazing progress, and every day he tells me about the joy he is starting to experience again. 

My husband was a bit dismayed that I would not only agree to deal with writer’s block, but that I would do so for free.

“Your time is worth something,” he likes to tell me.  And it’s true – but I also think there is a lot to be said for generosity and kindness.  My friend really couldn’t afford to pay me, no matter what I charged.  And I think about all the wonderful writers who helped me for free, and there is no part of me that is comfortable with charging a friend for my time.

But good Karma has its own rewards.  Surprising ones, too.

Last weekend (Sunday, to be exact), the woman with whom I coauthored my first book gave me a call.  She is the majority rights owner of our book.  Now – I have to be brutally honest about this: I don’t like the book.  I never have.  It’s entitled “Love & Loathing: Protecting Your Mental Health and Legal Rights When Your Partner Has Borderline Personality Disorder” – yikes.  However, I do like my quarterly royalty check.  I do like that this book gave me an opportunity to really write and be published.  And now, I like the offer that my coauthor has made: she wants to revise the book and publish it as an e-book, but New Harbinger Press is interested in the print rights.  She has asked me to write the proposal and the outline by the end of July. She is offering me a new advance and a higher royalty than I’ve had.

Yes – I believe in good Karma.  This dropped into my lap, and I am excited to make this a better book, and one of which I am proud.  I am excited to use it as a tool for working with my friend.  I am excited to be generating more income from my writing than I have in a while.  Do I really think this is a payoff for my kindness?  Probably not, but then again . . .


One thought on “Writers’ Karma

  1. drtombibey says:


    Hope this finds you well.

    On my blog today there is a link to a TV clip that includes a brief discussion of my book, “The Mandolin Case,” and a short clip of some triple mandolin work. I thought you might enjoy it.

    Dr. B

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