1. Johnattan Goodboy

    Johnattan Goodboy Member

    Sep 17, 2016
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    Quality vs success - What matters most?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Johnattan Goodboy, Sep 19, 2016.

    I know this threat might be a little silly since in a way the two worlds are connected but please read this first...

    The reason why i post this is because some work that gets major attention like "Twilight", "50 shades of grey" and a similiar work that met similiar success was "AFTER" by Anna Todd...Get its share of heavy criticism of some serious lack of substance and dare i say overall writing quality...

    Yet, all things considered the authors behind these type of works, for all their flaws, managed to reach a status most work their whole life only to have modest apreciation by comparison...

    Its often said that a writer's job is to capture the emotions or attention of its readers with their work...If i have a work that everybody wants to read but most critics say it lacks any real quality...Am I still failing as legitimate author even though i've done what I was supposed to do which is getting people interested in what i wrote??

    As na author, writer or person in any creative field...Would you rather have successful works that lacked quality or the other way around??? Be honest...
  2. theoriginalmonsterman

    theoriginalmonsterman Pickle Contest Administrator Contributor

    Dec 3, 2014
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    Well you need to keep in mind that people's definitions of "quality" will vary from person to person.

    I think that you're a success when you're satisfied with your own work; when you know you worked yourself to the bone to finish something to the best of your ability. Even if it's not popular, and even if it's hated by many, as long you're satisfied with it that's truly all that matters, and if others can find enjoyment and satisfaction in your work as well then that's a bonus.
  3. izzybot

    izzybot Oportet Vivere Contributor

    Jun 3, 2015
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    Again it's something that's not mutually exclusive, and I don't think they need to be weighed against each other. There's also taste to be accounted for. I know that most of my work will probably never be terribly commercially successful, and frankly I don't expect it to be critically well-received either, so I guess I'm willingly going with 'neither'.

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