Would You Want Instant Fame as a Writer?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately. Would I want instant fame as a writer? NAH! I really don’t think I would.

I am enjoying writing what I want to write! I really prefer writing in all different styles and subjects from poetry to short stories, essays, blogs, books, to memoir.

I am loving the freedom of exploring ‘being a writer’. Also by writing every day (showing up at the page), I know I am finding my writer’s voice.

Who the heck KNOWS where my blog writing is leading, where it will all end up — — but guess what? I am enjoying the process not focusing on the destination.

Oh, also writing is fun.

I feel like I am in writing school all by myself now. I am the sole student and sole teacher. Haha. I am learning a lot daily and it isn’t costing me a dime. What a great school!

I can:

  • experiment
  • make mistakes
  • be wild and free
  • go in any and all directions
  • learn through trial and error
  • study various techniques

To me, it feels just like when I first discovered visual art or when I first taught myself to play the guitar. I didn’t just jump in and become an expert at those things immediately. I had to give them much time and practice and discipline until I finally emerged.

‘It’s hard to explain how much one can love writing. If people knew how happy it can make you, we would all be writing all the time. It’s the greatest secret of the world.’

ANDREA BARRETT

If I did get some instant fame (or fortune? ) I doubt it would make it any more interesting. Honestly, it might even add more stress, who knows.

My commitment is to sit down write, edit and publish one essay/blog every day. This is my 365 BLOGS in 365 Days Blog Challenge. It really is just a commitment to myself to become a more disciplined focused writer.

I do it every day, rain or shine, whether I’m in the right mood or not. Writing to please my muse is my priority Not any critic or teacher or public

If for some reason I had instant fame or success, ( let’s say a publisher, publicist wanted to take over my writing project/s) EEEEK!! I think I might rebel like a bratty child!!

I am too darn stubborn minded now at age 55 to hand over any type of control of my creative energy. Plus I am a very self-driven person too. I always have been. It might be one of my best traits. Possibly one of my most negative too…but its who I am.

A social media writing ‘expert’ friend asked me the other day if I was willing to spend X amount of money to promote/market my three books?

I said… ‘’Um…Honestly, my finances are tight but I do have the dedication, discipline, and determination to WRITE every day so that’s what I am doing.

I am creating bodies of work’.

Who knows where it will lead. Maybe I’ll put it all into a new book after these 365 blogs are done? Maybe I’ll call the book

‘365 Blogs in 365 Days’

or

My Year of Blogging Dangerously”?

Maybe this will be my ‘end result’?

INSTANT FAME? NAH. Not really interested in that. I am not in any race. It’s a marathon, not a sprint — and for now, I’m just enjoying the ride.

I am truly in it for the Long Haul and I’m liking it.


I thought I’d share a poem that I published in my third book WORD EXPLOSION which speaks to this very issue.

 THE LONG HAUL

I am in it for the LONG HAUL
I know things take time
Being a writer
Doesn’t happen
Overnight
I’m in it for the LONG HAUL
Not expecting
Instant success
Instant anything
Instant fame, fortune?
NO NO! Not in it for that
Although a bit of fortune might be nice
I do feel so
Damn lucky --
Lucky and thankful
That I get to write
That I love to write
That is the greatest gift
I get to write
Every day
Every single day
Until I die
Truly
I am in it for the
LONG HAUL

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