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!


Get me a whiskey, straight up.

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?

Sharing is fun!


  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.

  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.

  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

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

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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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  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.

  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?

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

  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!

  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.

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

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

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

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

    I like the way you think.

  23. @ N.Scott: That is awesome!

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



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