We’ve had lots of discussions on this blog about “why we write.” But since I’m in the business of publishing, I often ponder the link between wanting to write—and wanting to be commercially published.
It’s difficult to separate the desire to write from the desire to be read. For many, the urge to write is linked to the dream of seeing their name on the cover of a book. Is this true for you? How do you know if you’re supposed to be published? If you’re not going to be, then is there any reason to keep writing? Or are the two inextricably linked in your mind?
Do writing and publishing just naturally go together?
For those of you who feel a spiritual “calling” to write: How do you discern whether you’re also called to publish? Or do you just assume that part?
I compare it to professional sports. Many boys dream of a career in the big leagues. But when they become men, all but a small minority give up their big league dreams, and instead enjoy their sport as a hobby. Why is it so different for writers? What makes most writers assume they are meant to be in the big leagues of publishing? Can writing be a hobby?
Is there value in writing for reasons other than commercial publication, such as writing a blog?
I’d love to hear what you think of this topic. And I hope you have a great weekend.
© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent