It has been said “Do what you love and the money will follow” by Marsha Sinetar. That is fine, if that is what you are seeking, money, I mean, and there is nothing wrong with that.
As a writer, who wants to become a published author and make my living writing books this quote is never really far from my thoughts.
However, more importantly than money, to me anyways, I just want to be read. I want my book The Teapot And The Trumpet to be read to every child on the planet as they are on their way to dreamland. Obviously I know that wont be the case, but, if you’re going to dream, dream big. If I make money in the process, so be it, but I am not writing for the money.
If I am not writing for the money, then why am I writing?
Well, It is what I love to do, it is my passion, it is something that fuels this fire inside of me that just will not burn out, ever.
I love the process, more precisely, my process. Sometimes I have an outline and a timeline, more often than not, I don’t, but that’s my process, that is what works for me. I love the ability to be me and not have to pretend to be something or someone I am not.
I love where writing takes me. I love the sheer elegance of a well written sentence. I love how when I am writing, I start with a blank screen and have no idea whats going to end up there. I love the incredible feeling I get when I accomplish a set goal in writing.
I love that my writing may help someone, which is what I try to accomplish with this blog. I Love that my writing will simply just bring joy, and a smile to your face, which is what The Teapot And The Trumpet will accomplish to the children who read it, and to the parents who read it to them.
If I were to say that most of all I Am writing for me, that would not be completely true, I am writing for you, my dear and valued readers, because without you, there would be no point in writing.
Stephen King said “Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me … I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”
So do what you love, whatever it may be, but do it most importantly, for you.
Instead of being, a human being, be a human doing what you love.