The very bad news about writing…

Yes, there is very bad news about writing.  It’s that you have to do it. 

If one is a writer, it is an inevitable fact of life that one must, occasionally at least, buckle down and plonk some words onto a page in such a way as to delight one’s readers.  They expect it.

And not only they, but that whole cadre of individuals who comprise the publishing industry–they require it as well.  The editors, publishers, agents and booksellers, I mean. 

And there’s worse to come.  If one has published a book which readers have liked, they may develop this craving, this desire, which will only be sated by another book by…you. 

More work.  More research.  More cudgelling of the brains to amuse, delight and amaze with story, imagery, character, and literary brilliancy.  More rewriting.  Much much more of that.  More than any sane person can imagine of that.  And then some.

And those charming readers (whom I mostly love and adore) not content with wanting more, want it now.  All of which is sounding a bit Oliver Twist to me at this moment, but without the ‘Please, sir’ element. 

None of which goes very well with my ambition to be a slacker and an idler, a feckless wastrel and a crack rider. 

However, that said…whinging aside…yes, am writing.  And I even like some of it.  So who knows, it may be even better than my usual weasel fur.  Ha ha ha. 

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8 comments on “The very bad news about writing…

  1. authorsanon says:

    Writing – Definitely ruinous for those considering career as a sloth. Fun, though, ain’t it.
    And . . . These are a few of my favourite things(well, for the moment, anyway):

    ‘Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.’
    Cicero, circa 43 BC (Ha ha : so does anything ever change ?)

    ‘Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead – from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousands of miles away. And yet these, in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.’
    Charles Kingsley

    ‘The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.’
    Samuel Johnson

  2. authorsanon says:

    Feckless idler does sound mildly more active than sloth. As for things working out . . .consult Parkinson’s /Murphy’s law . . . very ha ha.But one lives in hope . . .

  3. authorsanon says:

    And having worked out the sequel, what about the post-sequel ? Part Three, as it were . . .it’s just work, work, work from now on in, ain’t it . . .(sigh) . . .Boy and Jesuadon do, I feel, deserve life extension in subsequent adventures (and no killing them off on some far-flung, foreign field, d’ye hear me ? Anyone else, fine, but those boys . . . have a lot going for’em). Make sure they have the right snuff and baccy in their knapsacks and they’ll be all right. More or less.

    • M M Bennetts says:

      Some day you and I are going to have a long chat–and I trust there’ll be sufficient tea in the pot–about plans one or other agents had for Jesuadon. And when you finish snorting the tea out your nose…ha ha ha.

      In the meantime, I shall tell you that Book 3 begins in Italy and finishes in Vienna. And there are characters with whom you are already acquainted making another appearance therein. And yes, the research has already begun…hasn’t it always?

  4. authorsanon says:

    oh goody goody. Italy, eh ? Well then I suspect they will be passing through Venice at some point, that veritable hotbed of sbirri and informers, passing on secrets in cabins on gondolas – I can see ìt all now . . .(rings bell. Enter footman with teatray.) oh excellent. My nose was getting quite dry. And then send for the boatman. I am expected at Florian’s for breakfast . . .

  5. Rowenna says:

    Is that a picture of you writing? Writing sounds lovely right about now…

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