STRUGGLING TO GET WRITING APPRECLIATED

May 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm 4 comments

Why do you write?

If you’re young, it’s to begin and establish a career, and along the way, perhaps make a living.  If you are young this article may not interest you for it’s coming from a different place in life.  The place is old age, but the need, perhaps not the reason remains the same.   But then again, you will not be young forever.

My first and only novel published thus far appeared while I entered my sixties.  Now, at the ass-end of that decade, when maturity infiltrates my brain, I still have a need to write as demonstrated in these mumblings.  Do I enjoy it?  Hell no!

I should not be working now.  I should be enjoying ‘the golden years’.  But my personality has always had a strange quirk, the need to accomplish something meaningful.  This disease began while I was a teen and has pursued me ever since.  Someday soon I may write of how this change to my personality began.

But for now, to the point of this article.

At the end of last year I receive an email from Books To Go Now, a publisher of e-stories telling me I had made 16 cents for the year.  This notification brought me joy in a year of a publishing drought.  I don’t know and will never meet the person who put down money to read my work.

In my mind, my friends, that is what it is all about.  Not fame or fortune which is rightfully sought by the young, but appreciation of our efforts in writing.  The bottom line is that appreciation and recognition, no matter how minimal of your work is important.  It means someone finds your work worthy of buying.  The buying is not the important part, the desire to read your work is.

That is why I write, and perhaps your reason too.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. slpmartin  |  May 29, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Hmm..it would appear given my most recent royalties that a new home in the country will not be happening….perhaps we could pool our money and get a couple of tea bags. 🙂 So we must write because we love it.

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    • 2. walttriznastories  |  May 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      I would gladly share tea with you to calm our nerves.
      But really, our society is so focused on the almighty dollar that we lose the thought of goals not tied to money.
      To be able to write is a special gift continually sought and granted to a select few.
      If your deep-felt goal is to be a writer, never give up. With talent and determination, you will succeed.

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  • 3. oddauthoramandamccoy.com  |  May 29, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Write for the love of writing, not for money. Writing is more fun anyway.

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  • 4. Genie  |  May 31, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I write because I always have since I was 3 years old but I didn’t put it down on paper, however, I still remember the poem.
    It’s not important to me to recieve any recognition, it’s only important to me to express that which comes to me without prior thought and is often heard without words — a seeing deeper into the cosmos.

    Reply

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