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Thread: Frustrating profession
August 18th, 2010, 12:23 PM #1
Writing is a very frustrating profession. And it's so difficult to be successful at it. Well, I guess that depends upon how one measures success. That's a tough question, isn't it? How do you measure success as an author?
October 12th, 2010, 09:00 PM #2
Yeah, I'm into being commercial. I want my books to be accessible by the largest number of people possible.
October 28th, 2010, 01:06 PM #3
Commercial success is the measure? How many people have really read Ulysses? Or Isherwood? Or Proust for that matter?
October 28th, 2010, 04:05 PM #4
The rest: I've read Ulysses and didn't like it AT ALL. Haven't read the others.
BTW Nice to see you again.
October 28th, 2010, 07:48 PM #5
Success is a relative term, but to me it would mean being able to support myself and my family doing the very thing I love - writing.
November 2nd, 2010, 12:06 PM #6
Commercial success is one measure. As in any field, if no one is aware of you or appreciates what you've created, then it's not always so fulfilling. Yes, the process itself is illuminating and cathartic. But as Scott Bakker always says to me, it's the product, not the process that really matters. I'm not sure I totally agree, but....
November 3rd, 2010, 12:09 PM #7
November 5th, 2010, 02:13 PM #8
Well, to be honest, it was always in response to my self-indulgent view of writing. I write because I want the catharsis. Scott never meant to say that product should compromise concerns about quality, but only that enjoyment of the process isn't enough.