My latest post over on my main blog at Wordpress is going to raise a lot of hackles.
I have an extremely low opinion of people who take up writing in order to achieve fame and fortune. If that's your mindset, I see little difference between you and a prostitute.
My literary heroes all made enormous sacrifices to maintain the integrity of their work, often toiling in complete anonymity, poor as church mice, but refusing any notion of conforming to the marketplace, writing "just like everyone else".
The greatest writers in the world are unique, incomparable, true visionaries. That's the kind of author I seek to be. Uninterested in material rewards, oblivious to market niches and the bestseller list.
What are your goals as a writer? What price, if any, do you put on your talent? Are you tempted to become a hack, a grub street scribbler, if it means a shot at the "big time"?
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