Solve Problems with Ease

To solve problems requires a new outlook on them. What if you could change things for the better with just a simple tweak to your thought patterns?

The other day I let myself go into a self-deprecating mode where I questioned my path. The reason? Well, let me share what I posted to one of my Facebook groups to explain.

My post (which did nothing to solve problems this day!):

Torrent sites are the reason many writers can no longer make a living writing books and why many of us have to work 2-3 jobs to be able to afford the luxury of writing a book (researching, creating, writing, designing covers, and paying for editors). These terrible sites take away our sense of hope, accomplishment, and ability to put aside valuable time to produce a finished book. I used to have the time to write 2 books a year, but no longer.

Why? Because I need to work 2-3 jobs to put a roof over my head and pay my bills. The time I used to enjoy writing now has to be spent making money to make up for what these torrent sites take away. Yes, I believe they put a huge dent in the system. And, to take the time to request they be taken down would also eat away at writing time. Unquestionably, it’s unfortunate.

woman writing in a journalThe Upset

Why am I so up in arms about this right at this moment? Because… I was just sent a link to a public Google drive folder that contains thousands upon thousands of books for anyone in the world to read. No money needed. Moreover, the author never gets compensated for all the sacrifice of their time, efforts, and energy to create these works. 

Basically, it’s a losing battle for writers.

I beg of anyone who downloads stolen books, please think about the consequences your actions are causing. Overall, you are not only making yourself a part of the potential destruction of artists’ work, but you are also likely downloading a nasty virus to go along with that stolen property.

Yeah. Phew. A little heat coming off that post, eh?

The Problem

The way I felt for most of the day following this rant was hopeless and devastated. Firstly, I woke with energy that day, and retired to my pillow drained. Secondly, I felt as if I had hit a brick wall. My dream to make a living as a novelist, writing stories about characters who pursue the meaning in life and search for that one true love of their life, seemed to crumble. 

That night, I didn’t sleep well. My imagination went into overdrive, and not in a productive way. Consequently, I began to visualize a future without writing books, researching new things, interacting with readers as a writer, and dissolving my website and social media accounts because of the entitled, greedy people who think it’s okay to steal from me and other artists.

A Monster Emerged

Wow, in the shadows of my bedroom, a monster had emerged! My ability to usually solve problems disappeared. 

Effectually, I lay against my pillow staring up at the shadows feeling very hollow and scared. My God, what would become of my life?

Yikes! What a spiral I’d caused myself to enter. And worse than that, that post caused quite the upheaval of negative emotion. I woke the next day with a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I not only self-destructed, but I also set a fire ablaze in others.

Not cool. Solve problems? Me? I seemed to be creating them! Yikes.

What’s Good About This Problem?

Afterward, my brain went into total overhaul mode. How could I make this better? In what ways could I stop the madness my emotions had caused?

I took the only action I could think of at that moment. I asked myself a very pointed question: What’s good about this problem?

Meanwhile, as my brain searched for an answer, I began to feel better because I was searching for something good. See, I could solve problems again! Yahoo!

  • The community came together to support each other during a very uncomfortable moment. That’s a good thing.
  • We addressed concerns in an open and honest forum. Honesty is always best.

woman typing on a laptop

The Greatness Emerged

Those are both good things. But, I think the greatest good that came from this post was grasping the understanding that there are many people out there who still respect and support the arts. They crave a good book, and they fully appreciate the writer’s journey in creating that for her.

I saw this in many of the responses, and I have to say, knowing that there are good people out there who want to support and nurture artists makes me even more determined to keep that faith they put into us alive.

Regardless, the ones stealing, well, they’re going to steal anyway. I don’t want them in my circle. Certainly, I wont allow them to rob me of my creative energy. Most importantly, never will they take away from me the very things that causes my heart to race and my mind to expand. No, they’ll never have that power. They don’t deserve that power.

A Good Look

Hence, the good thing about this problem is that there are still many people out there willing to be honest and supportive. I am going to choose to focus on them when I’m writing a new book and have faith that my efforts will mean something to someone somewhere down the road.

I do not want to become my own worst enemy. And, I won’t fear the actions of others. Furthermore, no way will I succumb to putting out my light because someone thinks it’s not worth shining. The good thing about someone else’s problem is that it’s someone else’s problem. It’s not mine unless I make it mine.

Claim the Win

I want to be the kind of person who can solve problems and lives with a faith that I am doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. I can’t imagine a life where I’m not creating a story. If I let stealers take that away from me, who comes out ahead? Certainly not me. And, that’s just not going to happen. As long as I have a breath and a pulse, I am going to pour my heart into a life where I come out ahead. I would never let someone I care about ever consider coming in behind, so why would I ever allow that to happen to me?

Finally, my fellow writers and supportive readers, I hope the very same is true for you. Do work you love and that matters. And never allow anyone to steal your light from this world.

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

11 replies
  1. Beni Pardy
    Beni Pardy says:

    Sorry to hear about the trials and tribulations of book writing, as a reader this never occurred to me. Glad to see that you have mentally worked a way round this!

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  2. J.S. Frankel
    J.S. Frankel says:

    Excellent article! I’ve had the same problem with pirate sites stealing my work, something I’ve sweated and slaved and bled over for weeks and months. And while I raged–publicly as well as privately–I realized there was little I could do about it until I realized that I was limiting myself and my approach. There is nothing I can do to stop the stealing. In this digital age, there’s very little a writer CAN do to stop it, but on a personal side, I cannot let that stop me from creating. That is what a writer does. That is what I do and shall continue to do. Thank you for writing this article, Suzie!

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      I experienced that same level of rage when I first discovered the issue. It makes one feel helpless and victimized – 2 things I decided that I refuse to feel anymore! I’d rather enjoy focusing my energy on those who are supportive.

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  3. Amy
    Amy says:

    Though I work in I/T, I had no idea what a “Torrent Site” was. I can assure you that there are people that do and will continue to support the artists and their work. It is extremely unfortunate that there are those who would cause others harm, either knowingly or unknowingly. I suppose the world is fulled with people that seek control over whatever they can find in order to feel powerful?? Anyway, thank you for showing the raw honest feelings associated with what you have experienced, and what you are doing in response to those feelings. That honesty is a gift to people out there struggling with roadblocks and emotional turmoil. Your ability to show people what it is like, what happened and what it is like now is priceless.

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  4. Paulette
    Paulette says:

    I had never heard of a Torrent Site until this morning and I can see why it gave you some anxious moments. I can see how much you love writing novels so don’t let these thieves ever take that away from you. What if anything can be done to foil these people who think that it’s okay to destroy careers like yours and I’m sure that more than a few writers have given up in despair. You are a brave strong lady Suzie Carr.

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  5. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    A suggestion… make a fake first page to your book…on the fake first page, create the illusion of the beginning of the story and segue into how piracy hurts the author. The reader will not know what is up until they are immersed into the fake first page…your point will be made and anyone that has gotten the book from a pirate site will know how they hurt others.

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  6. George Akerley
    George Akerley says:

    Suzie, I love your strength, so easily shown by your words. This is a travesty, but I feel certain that you are at the forefront of this situation. My support for you will continue, not strictly because I’m an afficianado of your fabulous writing, but truly your forthrite movement to fix the issue. You have a vast number of fans, and I feel certain, we will strive to be of assistance in your work toward a favorable resolution.

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