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    How many of you are writing for pleasure? To get published?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Link the Writer, Mar 23, 2013.

    Not sure if this should be discussed, or is in the right location.

    I'm just curious as to how many of you are writing for sheer pleasure, or to get published?

    Me? I'm just writing for sheer pleasure. I'll likely never publish, and I'm OK with that. I take great joy in crafting fictional worlds and characters and writing them, not caring if the world will ever see them.

    (I'll keep the publishing option open in the distant future, but I'm not gonna worry about it now. :D)

    So, what about you all, fellow writers? How many of you are writing for sheer pleasure? To get published?
     
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    I write to be read.
     
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    I'm doing it for both...my long term goal is get my current story published in the far future...but for now it's all pleasure really. It's a nice break from all this school work stress, that's for sure :)
     
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    Started off as sheer pleasure of course, but even at the age of 9 I knew I wanted to be published. I've always been an exhibitionist - I want the world to see my work, and I want the world to see how great my work is. I've been that way with my art and it is the same with my writing. I grew up having teachers, friends and my parents tell me what a great little artist I am. At school whenever there's an art project, everyone wanted me on their team - there was even a time when nearly my entire class literally queued by my table just so I'd draw the cover of their Easter card for them (school project). As I went onto A-Level, I sometimes did my art projects in the library, minding my own business, and I'd look up 2 hours later and see five people surrounding my table, admiring my work, asking if I'd draw them something. Sure, I was comparing my art with amateurs, but that glow you feel when someone loves your work is addictive. It doesn't matter whom it comes from, pros or rookies, it just doesn't matter - you simply relish the fact that SOMEBODY loved your work.

    And you know what, I loved it. Every minute of it, every drop of admiration, of awe, of the attention. I adored it.

    So, when I discovered writing at the age of 9, the idea that no one would ever see my work never even occurred in my mind. I always knew I had it in me and I would work to reach my goal of publication. I thickened my skin early on to prepare for criticism. I've always written because it is my pure pleasure to do so, just as I drew many pictures because I loved it, but the idea that somebody will see this and love it and admire it comes hand-in-hand with it. For me it is the natural progression of things - it was never a question of "Should I publish, could I publish" but simply that "I will publish" because I have created good work, so why wouldn't I?

    I would still write if no one ever sees my work, and I would still love every minute of it - but why would I ever not show anyone my work? The idea doesn't make sense to me. I want the world to see my work.
     
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    Writing for pleasure and writing to get published are not mutually exclusive. Obviously, getting your novel out there to the masses is a desirable outcome for any writer, even the recreational one. However, I write because I write. Sure I have goals like everyone else, but I feel that trying to justify what with we do with the results we achieve is doing a disservice to our craft.
     
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    Both. I fantasize about getting published, but I realize it's a long-shot. So I mostly write for fun and practice. I love it when someone says they enjoyed something I wrote.
     
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    I write purely for pleasure.
     
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    My hope is to live off of writing some day, or at least have my writing be a substantial part of my income.
     
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    Personally, i aim to have my writing published but it does help to write for pleasure during the journey to publishing. lolz -i laugh every time my parents bug me to finish my book. yes its over 100K now and is still growing, but i don't care its the first draft and will likely be cut down by quite a few thousand words once its cleaned up. (said book is in my signature)

    the point is -i enjoy writing my book while my parents insist on me finishing ti for publishing. no pressure right? nope -laud back as can be to my parent's exasperation! :D
     
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    Agree with Rebel that they aren't mutually exclusive, so let's just say I wrote for many years without thought of being published, partially for enjoyment and partially to practice and experiment. Now I write what I enjoy with the goal of getting it published.
     
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    I write for both reasons. As my forum name implies, I'm a singer, and I'm very good at singing, but I have a fairly serious case of stage fright which makes it hard for me to enjoy performing in public. I still want to communicate with people, though, and writing is a way to do that without having to perform. So I write for publication in that sense.

    I also write for pleasure, because I like making beautiful things. An artist may paint a picture just to hang on his own wall.
     
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    I remember a family gathering - for Christmas, I think it was - when I was 13, and my grandmother asked all of us what we wanted to be. I had already discovered the joy of confronting a loaded typewriter with a blank sheet of paper, and had known for a while that I wanted to be a writer. But an older cousin said, "writer" first, and I told myself that the reason I said something else (engineering, I think) was that I didn't want to appear to be imitating my cousin. It was only later that I realized that the real reason was that, in order to be a writer, one must believe that one has something of value to offer, and at the time, while I loved writing, I did not have the confidence in my ability to produce something of value, something that others should want to read.

    My first notion that I might actually have something to offer was in my last year of high school, when I served as a page editor on the school newspaper. It was 1971, and there was a fairly high degree of political activism among the students. I wrote an editorial on respectful political discourse and the harm that hard-boiled, emotionally-based ideology did to the process of finding consensus (looking around these days, I guess it didn't take), and a teacher of mine with whom I argued continuously, both in and out of class, praised it to the rest of the class. Still, the idea that I could actually be a published writer was very slow in coming, and really only hit home when I was in my thirties and forties, writing advocacy pieces on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. It was during those years that the idea of writing novels really took root. I began to really study writing and publishing. I wrote a novel, then another, then a couple more. Always with the dream of becoming published.

    I turn 60 this year. I will be retiring from my career in taxation in two years. I once told a priest, when I was feeling like I had made wrong choices and missed the chance to pursue my dream of writing, that I felt like I had wasted my abilities. He told me to never look back, never worry about what has been or might have been, to focus only on what was possible going forward and to make the most of that. I took the advice to heart.

    I look back on the four complete novels I've written, and the two incomplete ones, and I realize they served as a learning process and brought great joy to me in the process of their creation. They provided an anchor for me when events pulled me in various directions, and they gave me a sense that, in pursuing them, I was somehow gaining just a little purchase on the star for which I had set my aim. At some point, it all comes together, and the project I am working on now offers, I firmly believe, the best hope for getting published, for reaching a wider audience, for maybe touching someone through the written word. If it turns out not to be, there will be another project, and another, and another.

    That's my goal.
     
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    I didn't wanted to write books, but I realized lately even this way I can work with artists.
    So right now, every book is not only some thing I made, but the project we did kind of together. I have to motivate fellows, make the friends, hurry when I'm late so I won't look like lazy dork. Behind the product is our personal story that made it happen and every artist is a different personality.

    I write books just because of this and is possible I keep it that way even if I put my fingers into something else, like movies or something, because I like to write this way
     
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    Both. It's one of my passions and I want everyone else to love it as much as I do eventually
     
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    I just started writing and it is purely for pleasure, that's not to say that I don't want to try to write something that is of publishable quality but it is not my goal at this time. I have always had this urge to create characters and a world of my own that I Can share with my friends and family who also enjoy reading.
     
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    I write so I can have a voice in a very quiet world.

    And while people get sick of hearing me talk or are offended when I say certain things, paper doesn't often complain. Writing, for me, is a love and a passion, yes, a pleasure, but I would love to be published as well.
    So I guess I'm in the school with the non-exclusive people.

    -TDS
     
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    currently writing because i want to, but ive been fortunate enough to have someone come on board who seems to think my ideas may do well as published ones, im not going to rush something for the sake of getting it out there, im still doing this for myself, but, ive got the publishing idea in veiw for when i finish, its taking me a lot of time to get my writing right (often taking several re-writes to get it how i want it to, its only about 5000 words currently (in the final typed version) with a couple of hundred more in written form, i do have a second idea, which i must get on paper as its distracting me from the main thing i am working on. i shall at some point, give an update on this first piece, but, until im sure on it and have had it checked over for errors, itll be kept safe
     
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    I have a story to tell and a fantasy to live. But in the end I do hope people gain from the story I have to tell, and that means published and widely read.
     
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    I do it for pleasure.
     
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    When I joined, my answer would be an unalloyed, "for pleasure." Sure, I wanted to share my writing on web sites for the few who would visit those sites, but I had no interest whatsoever in publishing.

    Since then, however, I have stories to tell that I really want to unleash to a larger audience. I'm in no hurry. I'm working on a couple novels, but I am still on a steep part of the learning curve, and am not deceiving myself. So I continue to work on them. When they are ready, I will submit them. When I am ready, not when someone else thinks has been "long enough."
     
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    When I was younger, I wanted people to notice how brilliant I was, so I always wrote with the intention of being published.

    I realised pretty quickly that my writing wasn't as great as I thought it was, and instead of totally giving up, I decided to write 'for pleasure' instead.

    Also, I am training to be a doctor. Doctoring + writing are incompatible.
     
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    ^ lol

    Lately I've been really enjoying the whole writing process. I'm taking a writing course as one of my electives this year and liking it. Even though I'm studying comp science, I might consider writing fiction on the side in the future. Who knows. It's always possible.
     
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    I write because I love it, but seek to do it professionally.
     
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    Hi,

    Both. I wrote before I had any real hope of getting anything published simply because its fun. And even now that I have published a bit, I still spend time writing some things that I know will never be publishable. They're just stories for me.

    Still I have to say the thrill of seeing your work out there on kindle, and especially of holding a copy of your own book in your hand and going wow - I did that, is immense.

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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