Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The kind of writer I do and don't want to be

  1. I don't want to write only to get published. 
  2. I want to continue writing no matter what because I love it.
  3. If/when I'm published, I don't want to be ungrateful and never be satisfied because of what I don't have (six figure deals, movies, awards, huge twitter followings). 
  4. If/when I'm published, I want to be content with the fact that my dream's come true and a physical book exists with the word I wrote.
  5. I don't want to feel the need to degrade other genres/writers just because they're successful and I'm not.
  6. I want to praise all writers for the fact that they did something hard and published a book, and praise even more highly those who I think did a fan-freaking-tastic job. 
  7. If I do become one of the few lucky who's really successful at a writing, I don't ever want to forget that for all the work I did put in, I'm only a slice of the reason why I'm able to support myself in it.
This is my list. What's yours?


  1. Wow, this is a great list! Um, all your items. ;0)

  2. I think this is a great, down-to-earth list. And I think the work never ends, even if you are successful, becasue good writers continue to improve :)

  3. I totally agree with everything on this list. :)

  4. I love your list, Jenna. I love how honest and thoughtful you are. I think it's important to remember where you came from irrespective of how success touches you :)

  5. I love the last one. The more and more I hang around this business the more I realize what a business it is. We, as writers, aren't in a little hole typing away then come out the other end with a masterpiece that is run on the presses and released. Heck no. Everything from CPs to editors and beyond. Everyone is needed.

    Love this post!

  6. agreed on all points! Such a great list.

  7. Excellent post Jenna. I like your attitude. For the love of writing; I totally agree. It's the love and the passion of the craft that gives you the motivation and determination to pursue it and to succeed. That's what I believe anyway! :-)

  8. You nailed it. I just hope, if it happens, I can always be grateful and help others reach their goals.

  9. Amazing list! I agree with everything on it.