W: In this business, we all find occasion when whining is called for. I can think of many examples. A bad review, a rejection, slow sales, no sales!, an editor not of our liking and perhaps a cover we couldn't have imagined someone designing for our book. Yeah, there are reasons to whine, but what does it gets us?
So we feel better when we get it off our chest? Maybe if the right person is listening. But whining can also give someone a bad impression of you. It might paint you as someone difficult to please or work with. Your complaints might reach the ears of someone you didn't intend. So if you want to whine, be careful who you vent to. Online is never a good place to whine.
I whine to my husband and sometimes in person to a few writer friends. I've suffered some disappointments in my writing career over the last year, but I mostly kept them to myself until I could share the bad news in a professional manner without the emotion I felt.
The other wine can also help relieve the emotions behind an urge to whine. I prefer something white, though I never turn away the red either. And I can always claim it's good for my heart too.
Have you occasion to whine recently? Have you found occasion to wine also?