Are You A Real Writer?
Who was it that said "Life is a series of events, the quality of which you determine"?
(She says joining in the talk from the comments of the last blog today)
I think writing is a personal thing. How much you do, what you do, when you do it, if you publish, is all what you yourself want. What you need to do.
A real writer is someone who writes.
Some people can, and need to do to the exclusion of all else. There are people like that in every art, or profession for that mater. A serious calling. Some people write when they need to, and have something to say. Some people make themselves write at certain times, a certain number of pages per day, others when something hits them.
Some people who cannot write make fine livings publishing books. Bad ones, but someone likes them, and they must have, to have written the stories.
They are all writers.
I'm a writer. (I mean, you are READING this aren't you? Think about it.)
Art for arts sake. Do it because you want to, need to, earn a living at it or not. Do you have a home and people you love? Are you happy? If you want to do nothing but write and earn your living at it, do that too. Not doing that does not make you not a "Real" writer.
It doesn't matter if you ever publish or not, if you are writing, you are a writer.
There is art to a featherstick and a Bengal or two that is no less beautiful than a story, or craft or painting.
Is the featherstick and Bengals less real because I don't earn money at it and breed them? Does it matter less because I am only saving a few, and not 1000's?
Where is the line? I made a lot of money yesterday making music. And I made a LOT of people really happy. But I don't do it full time. There's a lot of other things I want to do. Am I a "real" musician?
I don't think we can dispute "Real" there is a difference between professional, and not. But "Professional" simply needs one is paid for it. And again, where is the line? I know some great writers who have no money. And how many great writers never were published in their lifetimes? Yes, you do need other things.
Ted Nugent once said, if I am quoting him correctly, when someone asked him if he did music for the money. He replied "No, because there are WAY easier ways to earn a living, but at the same time, anyone who says the money doesn't matter, is lying."
I love to write. Do I do it enough? No. But there's a LOT going on. All important. And I will stomp anyone saying "If you really wanted to you'd make time for it" A little simplistic and not all that easy.
Writing, or whatever you do, should above all, make you happy.
Still pretty tired, but that's what I think. I am sure I have more to say, but you all very wise, so take it from here, my Fiends..
Love and Words,