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How far are you taking it?

Poll closed Jul 28, 2011.
  1. All the way

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  2. Happy to be published

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  3. Happy to be writing (but nothing more)

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  1. Patrick94
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    Anyone planning on going all the way?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Patrick94, Jul 14, 2011.

    Just wondering, as this site is fully dedicated to writing, who's planning on becoming a household name in the writing industry? Anyone who'd just be delighted to be published? And what about those of you who view writing as a hobby, and nothing more?
     
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    I would love, love, love to be a name in the writing industry. As for you...?
     
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    I am also scheming away at reaching the top... :p
     
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    Sure. If I'm going to do something, be it writing or anything else that I expend effort on, I'd like to reach the pinnacle.

    In my experience most people who say they write only for fun and don't care about publication are really just worried about failing to meet the goal of publication (i.e. they don't want to come out in the open and say they're trying to become a successful, published writer, because as long as they don't there is no failure and no need to explain to anyone why they are not there yet).
     
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    I actually do the opposite. I tell all my friends I want to be a famous author, when really I prefer just writing for myself. I consider myself crazy for doing so much work and spending so much time on stuff I don't even want to show to anyone but my friends.

    It's more laziness than anything though. Getting published sounds like a lot of work, and it discourages me. As for now I'd be happy to just publish my works as cheap e-books, but I want to improve some more.
     
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    We shall be famous together!!
     
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    I'm writing so I may as well become a published author and make millions! MWAHAHAHA! :D

    Not like it would take much more effort.
     
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    Working on it :) But I'd rather be world wide as opposed to just here in the states ;) Dream big or go home! :p
     
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    Hi,

    I'm also working at it, but in truth its not the fame that I want. If I could publish under a fake name and never be known at all, but still sell well, that'd be great by me.

    Cheers.
     
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    Yeah, definitely.

    I have goals, not dreams. My writing goal is to create a well written, well crafted story that people enjoy to read. So, yes, I want my name on bookshelves all around the world :)

    That said, the idea of commercial success not my motivation to write, of course! It's my end goal, but I write because I love it.

    So I see it as a win/win situation, really. When I'm successful, I'll be happy because of my achievements. Up until then, I'll be happy because I'm doing what I love.

    I agree with Steerpike, too. Also, I think writers in general fall prey to tall poppy syndrome quite easily when it comes to commercial success.
     
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    I would be honored to be published. Though, being a household name wouldn't hurt either. ;)
     
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    This thread reminds me of a quote that my old boss used to say a lot.
    "If people don't laugh at your dreams you're not dreaming big enough!"
    I think more people who are afraid of failure should hear that at least once a day.
    I quit my job with his blessings to work on my novel.
     
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    All the way and beyond!

    You've only got one life....
     
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    I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like to have my book published.

    I've put much work into what started off as a nothing more than an 'experiment'. It would make sense to at least try to do something with it now.
     
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    I'd like to be rich and famous... but only if it doesn't get in the way of expressing the ideas I have and writing something I'm satisfied with myself.
     
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    I'd like to be famous for writing, but not rich... Having everything easy might seem great, but you'd just grow fat and cruel, and you wouldn't have many true friends.

    The big word in the business is dedication.
     
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    It also depresses me that 50% of 26 want to go all the way - the competition is stiff!
     
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    I hope to someday write something worth publishing...
     
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    Lol. You have no idea. Let's not not forget the hundreds of thousands of wouldbe authors who don't frequent this site.

    I hope somebody on this forum makes it big. It would be such a honour to say I once critiqued J.P. Someone on the opening chapter of the book that made him famous.
     
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    LOL@ Joker, and a good morning to you too!
     
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    I'd rather be still in print in 100 years than be a bestseller today and forgotten tomorrow.
     
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    that was a great quote, I'll keep it in mind.
    As for myself, I will start working part time on september, when I quit my current job, and instead of looking for a second job I will dedicate that time to writing. Even if it means I won't have much money and will probably have to live quite an economic life, lol. it doesn't matter that much, I can't wait to have more time for writing and editing.
     
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    So if i've got this right you all want to be published and only two want to be rich. I feel like a sellout i want to be rich if someone wants to pay me lots of money to not be published i would take it. (and then write for my self) :D
     
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    Being "published" and "going all the way" are synonymous for me. Everything I do, I do it to the best of my abilities.
     

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