By in Personal

Reading is Fun Da Mental & so is writing.

There are writers among us.

Some of these writers just like to chat on Facebook, that's okay but ... not the only way to do it.

Some people have their own blogs, and the main reason for this is ... They want to earn money from doing it.

Some people like to write about one certain subject all the time and eventually write a book about it.

Some people write about things like it was a kind of daily diary. These types fall into the category of what social media is and social media is fun da mental, not profitable, as some might like.

Writers come in all types ...

Beginning writers probably are not actually first time writers. These are the ones who would, if they had the money to do so, write a book and have it published, but even then, to get a book published means it has to be read by a publisher first and accepted as profitable to sell it. It won't even get past the first stage of that letter that says, "Thank you for submitting your story, 'A Dog's Day in Dallas' but we are not looking for satire at this time. We have to decline your submission but thanks for your interest in our great publishing company."

Rejection after rejection over time might make some writers just flat GIVE UP.

Then there is the VANITY PRESS, which will publish anything you write just as long as you are basically literate and are not writing the communist manifesto, so to speak. The thing they are all about is, YOU PAY FOR THE PUBLISHING OF YOUR OWN MATERIAL or put money up front to get the book started. I think this is a DEAD END approach.

The final writing option is of course finding a writing site and then getting the chance to start off with a subject you are fond of and have some actual personal experience with the subject so you can share it with the rest of the world. This is the way many writers get started. Online writing has become much more advanced these days with FREE WEBSITE builders and BLOG creating tools. But even if you wrote a 3000 page Nobel prize winning story, it might not ever get read by anyone who would be likely to want to publish it. Since you already did the work, they merely find you and share a link to your blog or your page and others read it. But you don't earn a cent.

Learning how to write well takes time and practice, and even then a well written piece may never get off the ground. So it is likely that for every book published successfully that doesn't ever become a best seller, there are hundreds of other books published successfully that don't even get sold. These books sometimes end up in dollar marts for a buck a book.

Yes, you can count on the probability of being a life long obscure writer. This applies also to STARVING ARTISTS.

So, why do I write? I guess it's because I like to write stuff and I guess I am not looking for fame or fortune. But ... If I ever get a book published, I do hope it becomes a best seller because of all the effort I put into writing. The thing is, don't give up. Some novels were written in the last years of a person's life time. That One book, that one time wonder. It happens all the time. When I read a book or a blog I don't care if it's a best seller or the most obscure work of literature. If I enjoy it, that is all that really matters to me.

Image Credit »

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


MegL wrote on May 8, 2017, 9:49 AM

Practice is important in any skill and that includes writing.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 11, 2017, 12:40 AM

Recently I saw an advertisement by an actor of a nighttime t.v. drama and his statement was, he was encouraged to write and continues to do so but I forgot his name. Anyway, this was a personal declaration on television and I haven't seen such an endorsement by an actor about writing until most recently. It is interesting that most actors like to write at least, in social media. My wife sometimes gets Tweets from such actors as the guy on Star Trek, the original series about his horses, and that other guy, from 2 and a half men, who is a tech enthusiast.

BarbRad wrote on May 12, 2017, 3:21 PM

Exactly right. Many books that make it to bestseller status don't interest me at all.