Writing, publication, writing

Will all good writers be published?Rachelle Gardner’s answer : she can’t say Yes for sure.

Personally, the idea of publication is appealing, because it sort of validates what I’m trying to do: write. Also, the writing process is only ever complete with readers, their interpretation of the story, the movie they see in their heads as they read the story.

That said, though, writing as an activity is much too rewarding on its own to give up on, just because of the slim chances of publication even if the writing is good. Though I do have my doubts sometimes.

It is a mish-mash of so many things to me—a passion, an attempt to write the sort of thing I would love to write, sort-of-therapy, a source of joy, a way to be part of a community, an opportunity to put down my own perspective about the way we live our lives or don’t, an escape— I could go on. It is also publishing, being read, getting feedback, improving my craft. Writing is also just writing, a just-because thing.

So, I’d love to be published, yes. It would be stupid and dishonest to deny that. But I’m not going to give up writing if I do not achieve wild publishing success. Something might work, some day. It might not.

In the meanwhile, it is back to daily writing exercises, revisions, first drafts and so on—the agony and ecstasy of the writing process.

And if you’re interested, here’s what Chuck Wendig says in his latest post on the writing life. Read it, it is worth a laugh. Or two.

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  1. Damyanti

    @N.R. Williams very nice to meet you too, welcome to my blog, and thanks both for the follow and for entering me in the contest 🙂 Look forward to reading your book soon!

    Talli, yes, absolutely, we need to keep things in perspective. The perspective also helps when I get a pile of rejections lol

    M Pax, I think it is that way for most of us writers 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  2. Talli Roland

    Great post. I think it's important to remember why we write – because we love it! Sure, it's nice to be published, but it's good to keep things in perspective.

  3. Clarissa Draper

    It's so true. Even if I knew I wasn't going to be published, I would continue to write for myself. I love it too much. The characters wouldn't let me stop anyway.