Thursday, November 24, 2011

Love or money?

“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” - Moliere

I’m currently picturing myself wearing a feather boa, a corset, and a hard look on my face. I’ll be the scariest madam in all Dodge, and I can't wait!

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Get me a whiskey, straight up.
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Do you have a favourite quote about writing?
What about some invaluable writing advice stuck above your workspace?
Or perhaps an ambition to be a madam?

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24 comments:

  1. I'm going to interpret this as: the pen name work is going well. :) And curse you for not revealing that name, my pretty.

    My favorite advice is to write what you'd want to read. I think Toni Morrison has a quote about it, but I'd probably butcher it trying to copy it down from memory.

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  2. Best advice EVER :D

    I also read something in a book once that said something like if you can't find time for 100 words a day, you're not cut out to be a writer. I agree with that.

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  3. I like to think that you can just do it for love and money at the same time. ;)

    My current favorite writing quote is:

    A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard- by stealing what he has a taste for, and can carry off.

    ~ Archibald MacLeish

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  4. I think all "starving artists" say that they will never produce based on $, but then the reality of success attacks our integrity. Therefore, I just say that I want to make enough money so that I can commit to writing full-time. You know, make enough $ to pay my bills?

    Well, I have a lot of bills.

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  5. Oh, and speaking of prostitution, please check out my new blog: embracingmyinnerwhore@blogspot.com

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  7. Hahaha, that is a funny quote. My favorite piece of writing advice is "write what you know, learn what you don't know".

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  8. @ Sarah: That's great advice, and probably the first and last piece of advice you'll ever need!

    @ LG: It's going well, thanks! And I'm enjoying making actual money from writing. After so long doing it just for love, it makes an exciting change. I agree with writing what you want to read -- so I'll keep writing for love as well!

    @ Miss Cole: I got home from work last night, tired and cranky, and not feeling like writing, but I turned the computer on out of habit. 1200 words later it was bedtime, and I was feeling very smug and pleased with myself.

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  9. Absolutely, Holly! There's nothing wrong with wanting to pay the bills and dream about quitting our day jobs!

    Thanks, M.C! I love your quote as well. The best part about writing is that you get to learn all these interesting facts, and then exploit them!

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  10. There are so many good quotes about writing.

    One that sticks in my mind (no idea who said it, and am probably going to completely mangle it anyway) is: if a person can be discouraged from writing, they should be.

    I regard this as a rallying call to be persistent. It's kinda kept me going these last few years.

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  11. I think it was Vonnegut who said we should treat our readers like blind dates and be sure to show them a good time.

    And yes, I did indeed have aspirations of becoming a madam, but my knees are much too knobbly to ever look good in stockings.

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  12. @ Botanist: That's a fantastic sentiment! Stay stubborn!

    @ MC, Anything that Vonnegut said is worth repeating! Also, I'm sure you'd look find in stocking and, even if you didn't, the whiskey would take away the sting of humiliation!

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  13. Love that quote!

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  14. The best piece of advice I received is also the most basic... BICHOK... Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard!

    This gave me reason to smile: The praise of ancient authors, proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition, and mutual envy of the living.

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  15. Glad to hear it's going well for a fellow writing prostitute! But I need tips on how to gently put off people asking my pen name. Got any?

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  16. @Margo, tell them your pen name is Stephen King.

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  17. @ Marian, thankyou!

    @ MISH, you're right, that is perfect advice. And you might be onto something with that envy thing as well. :)

    Margo, LOL! Been there, still doing that. My colleagues, bless em, are very dogged. I keep telling them I'll never tell, but they keep asking. So far I'm winning the battle!

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  18. I'd gladly tell everyone your pen name but for three reasons: you value your privacy, you can trust me to keep a secret, and, most of all, I haven't a friggin' clue.

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  19. @ MC, it's for your own good. You know if I told you I'd have to kill you, right?

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  20. ...and the more you do it, the better you get ;)

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  21. Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of having a character named after me. :-)

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  22. Marian Allen said...
    @Margo, tell them your pen name is Stephen King.

    I like the way you think.

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  23. @ N.Scott: That is awesome!

    @ MC, and who says I haven't already? :)

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