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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Will you be the same?

We're gone to the hospital today. I will visit your blogs as soon as I get a spare moment or two. I did have a thought, though(don't I always)? :)

How many writers write for sheer enjoyment? I went to an author reading at our local bookstore about two or three weeks ago. The writer seemed to me to be quite full of himself. And he acted to me like he thought he was 'special' because he was published.:) Like having a book published that he wrote validated him.

Are all his problems solved now that he has been published? No! Don't get me wrong. I want to be published. I want to hold my book in my hands. But I love writing no matter what. Yeah that was me you heard sobbing hysterically at my latest rejection. UHHUH, that was me you heard. But I still write. I want to be published and I will do a lot of things to get there, like study punctuation(ugh), read, blog, and a lot of other things.

When I'm published I will still be the way I am now. This guy acted like he was doing me a favor by talking to me. And they had champagne at his book signing in this little town? Say what? What do you think of writers like this? I mean besides wanting to throw their book at them. :)

15 comments:

Scott said...

I write for the sheer enjoyment. Period. The End!

I think I write for the same reason I read: to escape, to immerse myself in the lives and turmoils of other people, to climb Mt. Everest, to face Poseidon as he's about to pronounce doom on the people of Atlantis, to walk through a doorway and enter a totally different realm, to discover the lost race of Elves that disappeared generations ago, and . . .

As for Mr. Uppity Author - well, I hope I'm always the laid back, margarita drinking, snarky person I am today, and not someone who looks down on the people that are buying his book.

Robyn Campbell said...

Scott, I hear you. To create worlds and discover cures, that's what it's all about. YEAH! And I feel for his fans. I am not in that category--his fan category. Not now, not ev-ah! :)

Linda Kage said...

Arrogant people like that make me roll my eyes and snort. I think you shoulda thrown his book at him!! Yeah.

Hope your hospital visit is a good one. I'll be a praying.

Heather Zundel said...

Well said Scott. I love writing. It brings me joy. I never want to change from that perspective.

Tamika: said...

I love writing! It gives me purpose. I pray that I never have to be reminded that, "It is not about me."

God is the audience not us; God is the one to satisfy not us; God is the subject of worship not us.

Blessings to you...

B.J. Anderson said...

Lol, I think that guy needs a reality check. :D And I'll write no matter what. I've been writing so long, that if I didn't enjoy it so much, I would have quit by now. I keep saying that over and over again, but it's the truth. Good luck at the hospital. :)

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Good luck at the hospital!!

I don't think I'd say I write for enjoyment, but I do write because I need to. ANd not for publication, but for growth and because I need to tell these stories. I hope if I ever get published that basis of my writing will never change though I"m sure deadlines will aggravate it.

Davin Malasarn said...

Right now I write for the sheer enjoyment, but part of the enjoyment is sharing it with others. So, I want that to happen, in whatever form. However, to be totally honest, I could imagine making artistic compromise in the face of a lot of money. If writing one compromised book allowed me to write for the rest of my life without having to worry about getting a publisher ever again, I might do it.

beth said...

I agree with Davin! He took the words out of my mouth :)

Lazy Writer said...

In my opinion, authors like that aren't doing themselves any favors. That attitude would keep me from recommending his book.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

that's the only way to write, i think. for enjoyment. otherwise, i don't think it'd be worth the hassle! :)

got your sketch...you've got a few in front of you...but i'll email you to let you know when you're up!

jeannie
Where Romance Meets Therapy

Maria I. Morgan said...

Hey Robin! Hope your visit to the hospital is just routine. Continuing to pray for Christopher.

I write because I enjoy it! It's great therapy as well - it helps me to formulate into words the things I've been thinking about all day.

You're absolutely right that we shouldn't change once we're published. It's God who gives us the ability to write in the first place and pride sure is an ugly thing! Thanks for the post.

Cindy said...

Robyn, I'll be praying for your hospital visit--and any more in the future.

I write because I love it. I long to see my work published and to reach other people with my words but even without that publication status, I don't think I could stop writing.

Belle said...

I suspect it wouldn't matter much what this author did - if he chose to be an accountant or a business owner, he'd probably be the same! I want to be published, too, but I also want to recapture what writing was to me when I was growing up. I chose to write back then because it was my way of playing, and I've been slowly getting back to that way of writing.

Amy Tate said...

Ugh. I'm sorry. I've met a handful of those at a conference or two. I think the love of self and the love of the craft are two separate things. And just so you know, I have no doubt that you will be published one day. I'll be just as proud of you then as I'm proud to know you now. You inspire me, gal.