Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Enjoy the journey

I'm a big fan of Harold's Planet cartoons, which arrive daily in my inbox. This one spoke to the writer in me. I read it as, Who cares if I don't sell anything, I'm enjoying writing it anyway.

If you don't enjoy writing, there's no point doing it. There are far easier ways of earning money. It always amazes me when I hear of people moaning about how hard it is to motivate themselves to write anything, how every word is a struggle. So don't write! Watch TV instead.


24 comments:

Kath said...

I agree, Womagwriter, but sometimes I think it's because I go out to work as well so that every hour I can devote to writing is precious. I do see how it might be more difficult to motivate yourself if you had unlimited time.

Julie P said...

Absolutely, Womagwriter! If you want to write, write. If you don't - don't! Simples!

Isn't the process or journey the most important and most fun part anyway?

Julie xx

Old Kitty said...

What a lovely cartoon - very apt and sweet!

Thank you for that and the link. I'm loving the the Grisbium Lollipop Harvest Choir! LOL!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

What a lovely cartoon - very apt and sweet!

Thank you for that and the link. I'm loving the the Grisbium Lollipop Harvest Choir! LOL!

Take care
x

Anonymous said...

Sorry to barge in like this, but does anyone have guidelines for Allas magazine? I've tried to email for them twice but it's bounced back as "undeliverable".

You can email me FlaGerrie (at) aol(dot)com

Or if you could post a link here that would be great, as well.

I appreciate it. I can't find them anywhere.

Gerrie

SpiralSkies said...

I too subscribe to Harold's Planet and spend far too long in the mornings smiling and sending the on to people who'll 'get it'.

Quite agree about the writing... everything one does in life should be done with at least a little bit of love, no?

Sally Quilford said...

Hear hear to all that. Yes, it's hard to find the time and motivation to write sometimes, but when it happens, it brings something magical with it. An escape to another place, and a feeling of satisfaction that you've created something. Even if no-one else ever reads that something.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Better when you sell it, though, eh, girls?

Debs said...

I agree and couldn't imagine spending so much time doing something I didn't enjoy.

Patsy said...

I agree that we should write because it's what we want to do. I can see that it's a little different if writing is the day job, but it will be a job that person has chosen to do. As with all jobs, some days are easier than others and there may be tasks we don't like, but if the writer doesn't want to write, they don't have to - they can get a job on the supermarket checkout if they prefer.

Lydia said...

I'm with Geri (let's get paid for it if possible) but Patsy is right too: if you don't love it, go and work in a supermarket! There are lots of easier ways to earn money than writing, but the crunch is this: if I won the lottery tomorrow and never had to worry about money again, I would still write. I couldn't help myself! :)
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Colette McCormick said...

I echo that sentiment completely. i have a day job to pay the bills do anything that I earn from writing is a bonus.

womagwriter said...

Yes, there are certainly more secure ways of earning a living than writing!

Gerrie - alas, I don't have any guidelines for Allas. I've never seen a copy of the magazine myself, but believe it is similar to My Weekly.

Keith Havers said...

I live on snippets like this.
See my quote for the day.

LilyS said...

I agree - the moment it becomes a chore then I will stop doing it but I can't imagine it ever will. I think its more fun when theres no pressure to sell. I'm doing it in my own good time and I'm loving it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Womag. I was hoping since this is where everyone congregates someone would have them. If I manage to come across them I'll send them to you.

Gerrie

Olivia Ryan said...

I agree with this wholeheartedly, Womag, and in fact it's a point I always make when I give talks. Write first and foremost for enjoyment. Anything else that might follow, look on as a bonus and be suitably surprised and grateful! And I've been on both sides of the fence - I had a day job till 2 years ago, but now I'm retired I still only write because I enjoy it. If I didn't, I'd take up something else - pottery or line-dancing (God forbid!) or whatever.

Karen said...

I definitely wouldn't do it if I didn't love it - great sentiment :o)

Jenn Ashworth said...

Ah - I do see what you mean, but for me, sometimes I know I'm going to moan and whinge about needing to settle at my computer and do some work, but when I sit down to it it will be okay. And sometimes, especially when writing really long things, a lot of it is horrible and I don't like it much. I try not to moan too much though, because this is still the best job I've ever had! :)

Kerry Ashwin said...

I call it the incurable itch.
and I just keep scratching away.
and what a satisfying feeling it is to scratch.

Old Kitty said...

Hi womagwriter

Earlier, I played the Grisbium Lollipop Harvest Choir to cheer me up!

:-)

Thank you for your kind words about my loss.

Take care
x

Suzanne Jones said...

Very wise advice.

Emma B said...

A very good point and something that I think we all need to keep in mind.

Sometimes it can be very difficult and frustrating but only do it if you WANT to.

Theresa Milstein said...

You make an excellent point. While I don't like the trying to get published/rejection part of writing, I love the writing. Even when I have to put down a difficult scene and/or conjure up a painful memory, writing is a pleasure.