Did You Ever Want to be a Fiction Writer

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  2. So weird; this post didn’t show up on my subscriptions feed. By the way, do your facebook statuses get auto-published to Twitter?

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  3. Well, to say to that is, me write as I think and thinking has no stopping but, but who reads it that is the questions otherwise it’s a waste of wards.
    It’s Just like, born to the world with the help of parents live as parents and die empty hands, yet there’s an ocean of knowledge to be had. ??. Come back to me.

    begumji

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think if you really want to write, and if that comforts your mind, the question of who’s actually reading it shouldn’t be arisen as long as you’re not putting significant amount of time in writing.

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  4. Steven Pressfield talks about ‘the resistance’ one encounters in any creative endeavor. While ‘writer’s block’ has been a well-established notion, I think it’s there for a purpose.

    I mean, what if there wasn’t any writer’s block to speak of; how would it change the way I write. If things came that easily to me, would I appreciate it at the same level as when the ‘block’ was there?

    Anyway, there’s a blog post you reminded me of; it verbalizes what you mentioned in a more succinct manner.
    http://www.freedomtwentyfive.com/2010/10/blank-page/

    And here’s another post why writing is more than putting words to paper:
    http://www.freedomtwentyfive.com/2011/03/524/

    BTW; really like your writing style. Simple and understandable, and most important- real :)

    [2 thumbs up]

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    1. Hi bro, thanks for stopping by. How are you?

      About your comment — I didn’t specifically write about writer’s block, actually. I was thinking of becoming a fiction writer and how hard it is to survive in the world of fiction writing. Plus, I don’t get much of a good plot in my head so I can feel that if I were to take fiction writing — instead of writing for technology and so on — as a profession, I’d definitely ruin my life. But the thing is, I’d love to. :(

      Anyway, thanks for sharing the links. I’m going to read them now. :)

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      1. Hmm- Your reply made me think of the way the society we’re in operate:

        Being good at something usually means that you’re expected to make a living off of it. That’s faulty thinking, because the moment one shifts to thinking ‘will this make any money’ is the moment we betray ourselves and the work.

        When the work being done has value in and of itself, then it can speak for itself.

        At the same time, I am aware that in our part of the world, survival has top priority, but is it really that hard to go beyond food, shelter and clothing and create something that’s yours and yours only? With the internet, I think the answer’s pretty obvious.

        If you really love writing, then writing for money wouldn’t matter to you. It’s your craft, your art.

        I may be wrong, but have yet to fully develop this train of thought. (Perhaps a post of my own:)

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        1. Well, I’d say the saying that goes on like “find your passion and make that your profession” sounds better than “being good at something usually means that you’re expected to make a living off it” although it is indeed thought in our society. If I’m really good at something, I really should be thinking of making it my profession as long as I enjoy doing the same thing “as a mean of making money.” You know, often you lose your interest when you’re forced to do something.

          But my point was: I’m still no good — and I assume I’ll remain no good — at fiction writing. Career as fiction writer is very, very challenging. I think it’s the most difficult job in the world. So, if I write fiction, that’ll always be just my hobby. Not that I’d not love to be selling my stories and be famous, but I don’t have that much talent in that field. :(

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          1. Fair point about the ‘passion to profession’ thing. At the same time, there have been research done that shows that it may not be the best course of action:

            See this: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/12/14/the-overjustification-effect/

            Even so, you shouldn’t think in absolute when you say that you’ll remain no good at fiction writing. I think the mistake most of us make is over-generalizing a weakness into a long-term morbid outlook on life. It blinds us to the only thing we have control over- the present in which we can act in the moment.

            I have to share something from the manosphere with you here; from a guy writing to another who decided to quit his day job to go into full-time writing:

            When you commit to being an author of something — literally an authority — at first it feels fake, like someone is going to come in and bust you for pretending to be something you’re not. Often you have either vision or talent, but not both, and you barely understand your craft. Not a damn word you write seems worthy, and trying to attract attention to what you, yourself, feel is mediocre almost feels like fraud. After all, who the hell are you? Why should people pay attention to what you have to say?
            But the difference between a pro and an amateur is more than whether or not you get paid. It’s whether you persevere, whether the potency of your vision or the abundance of your talent can push you beyond your own mediocrity, encourage you to perfect your craft, and whether or not your own passion can sustain you in times when it really seems like the whole world is just waiting for your next Big Fail. The Caucasian mountaineers having a saying: “Courage is hanging on for one moment more.” In every writer’s life you face moments where you stare at the screen and you have the very real choice of giving up or persevering, and it takes real, manly Courage to force yourself to go on when your Muse is off smoking pot with her friends somewhere and left you with a whiny baby.
            Then . . . you don’t suck so much. People pay attention. You get fans. You get (!) money. You also get stalkers and tax issues and challenges you never dreamed of. But success breeds success, and it only takes a moment to glance at popular culture to realize just how low the bar for “success” is. Thanks to Kindle, you can make a living now without an agent and a publisher, and that’s everything. Pushing ahead while you’re successful, while you still have that Day Job to fall back on, that’s easy.

            Let me know your thoughts.

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  5. Dear You,

    What a sweet little post that was. Being a fiction (and otherwise) writer myself, I can’t not identify with most of what you have said, least of all the image at the end! Good stuff, this!

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      1. “… I can’t not identify…” this can get confusing for people with English as a second tongue. I have trouble with it as well. :)

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