Monday, June 7, 2010

'Tis What It Is.

Today I said, "I don't care!" And I don't. My new attitude for writing is that if I feel the spirit then I will seek publication, but in the meantime I'll write because I just like doing it.

You know, too many authors/writers sit down and gnaw their fingernails with the hope that they'll cough up a brilliant best seller. I used to think that way, too. And then it began. Insults from other writers (not meant to be, but to me they were). "Not buying that," one person said regarding my particular story line. Another said, "You're writing is very passive." Not sure if she meant passive in a grammatical sort of way, or passive as in not much happening here.

But still, the point is it all affected my personal style. Soon I grasped for ideas that were new and different, ones that might sell, be numero uno on the best seller's list. No more of that complete crappy way of thinking. Counter productive. Nothing against those who write for their career, for me though it's about the art and not so much about the publishing end game. Better to write for me and remain happy than write for the masses and let suicide creep into my next piece.

Killer piece of works not for me. Not so much. Beauty for me.

I think I'm a great writer - maybe the greatest to ever push a pen. That's all that matters, really. The rest is just gravy, or fodder, depending on your point of view. Point of view - so subjective; so misunderstood.

4 comments:

Edie Ramer said...

Good for you on your confidence. Writing is so subjective. Just look how many rejections some of the bestselling writers get before they finally sell. Your opinion is the one that counts.

Natasha Fondren said...

Gotta protect the writing, I say! Yay for your freedom, Kath!

Kath Calarco said...

Edie, after I posted this I felt strangely free. Often I'm my worst enemy, which at times really stymied my creative flow. And since you helped me get back on the writing path (100x100) I've fallen back in love with my stories.

Weird how that all worked together, huh? :)

Kath Calarco said...

You are so right, Natasha! Protect the work as if it's my child in its entirety, and not the parts that we know we need to kill off. :)