Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Why are you writing a novel?

If it's for huge riches you might want to read this post by Emma Darwin, author of The Mathematics of Love:

She makes some very sobering points (and the comments are interesting too).

p.s. Don't want to depress anyone with that link but, y'know, just passing on the info.


Bernadette said...

Yes, it is sobering and depressing. But better to know it than not!
People start to write for many different reasons, but there are probably quite a few who hope that it will ultimately end in sufficient profit to make it justifiable as a means to earning a living. I came to the realisation of how unlikely that was in stages. First, in my naivety, I thought that I could write a really fantastic book and be very wealthy. Then I downsized my expectations to a modest book and enough stories to make up the difference, no longer aiming for very wealthy, but enough to live on. That went not long afterwards when reality hit and now if I made enough for a holiday I would think I was doing well - and in this market I would be!
So why do we do it? The need to communicate, as Emma says, or the triumph of hope over experience?


It is sobering, but by the time I got round to starting my novel, I'd read so many author interviews stressing how little money there is to me made, generally, that I felt like I 'knew the score.'

I do it because I don't feel right if I don't, is the only way I can describe it. Validation, maybe, and as Bernadette says, the need to communicate. And to entertain. Make someone think, or smile. Or cry (in a good way). Oh, loads of reasons then. None of them to do with earning loads of money.