Of recently, I have become more aware of something(which I am thankful for, since knowing can at least help me hold my tongue) and that is that to me writing is art. It is this beautiful master piece, as impressive as any painting, constructed in the same basic back breaking levels of hard work(even if there is no risk of actually breaking your back.) That is all I can see it as. To the point, I am sad that my goals for traditional publishing means selling it. I am not stupid. I understand there is value in my hard work, and I understand that selling it is the goal so that I have more time to write more and turn this into my career. Yet it still saddens me. I wish art could be free. And the part with the title question. Because of this view, I can't help but feel a bad taste in my mouth at those that don't see it as art. Those that paint by numbers or view it as work. Or those that make plot decisions not based on if it makes the story stronger but based on if the targeted demographic will like it. To the point that a awesome idea may be butchered to give the reader what they want. I am not stupid(I hope) I understand that just as I am allowed to view it as art, they are allowed to not view it as art. So the question is this. Am I a horrible person for still feeling this? I can't help how I feel. Am I a horrible person? I suppose since I opened this as a topic , maybe it would be good to hear alternate views on this. What is your take on the position of writing as "art" or "just work"? Thank you for letting me rant. And I am sorry!!!