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What’s Your Motivation for Writing – Money, Success or Satisfaction..?

July 21, 2014
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What is your motivation for writing?

Let’s look at each scenario:

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a) Money – we would all love to be a best seller and have fame and fortune like the ‘big’ names, such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and the like. However, we need to be realistic – firstly can we manage to get a publishing contract with a big publishing house? How many years are you willing to wait for that? If you use the self-publishing route how much of your time (unpaid) can you sacrifice for promotion? Should you give your work away?

These links will give you an idea of the practicalities of writing with monetary visions foremost:

http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/01/how-much-do-writers-earn-less-than-you-think/

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2008/11/validation-of-money.html

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b) Success – once again we should temper our expectations. Global sales are a dream we want to make real but maybe measure our success on more of a local level. Do you have your books in local bookstores, the library, offered at local events? The more you attend and promote within your own locality the more your ‘success’ becomes tangible. Articles in the local newspaper could have people approach or question you in regard to your being an author. Social media allows us to expand our locality, of course, but starting small will give us a firm basis from which to start. Never under estimate the power of word of mouth for promotion.

This link has a list of concepts:

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/03/01/definition-of-success/

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c) Satisfaction – Although this is third on the list, I feel it is the most important of all, as having your words, ideas and stories readily available for people to read now and for future generations, is the penultimate success. Our narratives will be enjoyed and relayed long after we are gone. It is our legacy.

A tongue in cheek link:

http://magicalmusings.com/2006/03/27/10-advantages-of-being-a-writer/

Obviously, a mixture of all three of the above would be the perfect scenario.

What do you consider the most satisfying part of being a writer/author?

Could you cope with the paparazzi..?

October 11, 2013
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Tumultuous – definition: 1. raising a great clatter and commotion; disorderly or noisy; 2. highly agitated, as in the mind or emotions, turbulent

There have been tumultuous relationships between famous stars for decades. From Richard and Elizabeth to Chris and Rhianna their love life, break ups, fights and rekindled love are splashed across newspapers, the evening news programs and lately social media. There seems to be a fascination that grips the public.  How do extremely rich and famous people act that  way – it is almost ‘human’? Well, shock, horror, they are human! They want the same as most people – a loving relationship. Unfortunately for many that is not achievable when surrounded 24/7 by paparazzi, screaming fans and stalkers.

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RihannaI know I would certainly not be able to cope with that kind of scrutiny and lack of privacy. I have written about the few successful famous couples before. (https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/07/26/fealty-a-lost-art/  Famously Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward who lived a ‘quiet’ life in Connecticut for most of their 50 years as a married couple. There is a mutual respect and honesty between these couples that maintains their relationships.

As authors we wish for that best seller, the accolades and of course the royalties but would you want your private life to be invaded? Could you cope with the constant camera flashes and questions? The lack of privacy anywhere?

A Canadian author, Alice Munro, has just been announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize – how will it change her life? Maybe at 82 years old she will know how to cope with such an accolade.

We all want to be Acknowledged…

September 26, 2013
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Acknowledgement – definition: 1. recognition of the existence or truth of something; 2. an expression of appreciation

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It is human nature to want to be acknowledged whether for our day to day activities or, as we are writers, for our narratives. We can toil for days, weeks and years in our solitude, scribbling the next great novel. It is only when we share this work are we acknowledged by our peers and hopefully a wider audience. And that is the scary part! We nurture, refine and revise time and again to make our story ‘perfect’. The life lesson here is another person’s point of view will give us a new perspective, which may or may not be what we were expecting. In truth it is mainly, not. Being so close to the story, its settings and characters is a good thing when we are in creation mode  but we need to step back and let it ‘rest’ a while before editing. Fresh eyes and a certain detachment allow us to really ‘see’ the narrative without our mesmerized involvement in the project.

To cushion the blow, read excerpts to your writing group or trusted friends, who you know will be honest with you but not harsh in their review. Bear in mind the genre when you share your work as not everyone will enjoy fantasy, romance or sci-fi. That way you can receive a true reflection of your novel from people who regularly read that particular genre. In many ways you are benefiting from their ‘expertise’. Beta readers are also a good way to receive great feedback.

Acknowledgement may not come as a best seller but understand, if one or two readers read your narrative and enjoy it enough to contact you to say how much they loved it then you have recognition and appreciation. Your words are out in the world for future generations to delight in. That is priceless.

 

A similar blog post I found this morning – http://glynisrankin.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/wednesday-writer-wisdom-the-beta-reader/

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