The subject I’m blogging about today is writing and the passion it takes in an industry that sometimes never recognizes your work. What does writing mean to you? There are a few questions below that I’ve asked myself a number of times.
How passionate are you about writing? Do you describe yourself as ardent, eager, enthusiastic, zealous, burning or indifferent? Is writing something you feel compelled to do? Do you labor over something you’re working on just to make money, or do you feel driven to complete a work in hopes you’ll get recognition and praise? Do you feel you’ve accomplished a work of art? Are you in it just to make a quick buck? These questions always run through my mind. Why do I write?
I’ve always wondered what would happen if I ever won the lottery, or inherited a huge chunk of money. What would I do with my life then? Would I give up writing and live a life of leisure, or continue to write.
In my case, I’d continue to write knowing that my heartfelt thoughts put on paper will most likely never bring me a fortune. But, that burning desire to write is there and I can’t get rid of the need to express myself. Once I finish a manuscript, I feel pride and, richness fills me. Maybe the reviewers don’t look on my work as I do, but I feel the satisfaction of having accomplished something. Money received for work is good, but it isn’t the main factor.
As for having a wealthy benefactor, that isn’t in the cards. Winning the lottery doesn’t look too promising either. That doesn’t stop me from feeling rich inside by just writing and hopefully bringing entertainment to anyone reading my work.