Writers Don’t Write to Get PublishedPosted: June 3, 2010
Real writers don’t write to get published. They write to write.
I don’t think that I’ll ever approach writing the same way again after reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking On Water. She helped me understand that writing (or any creative effort) is an incarnational activity. That is, you embody at least a part of the spirit of God when you write.
So, according to that rationale, to write towards the end of self-glorification (i.e. getting published) is a blasphemous, if not at least a tad selfish.
On a practical level, if you can’t write and experience fulfillment through the sheer act of creating, you better give up. Or, you had better learn how to enjoy the writing process for what it is.
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