“..go on and send this one out..I am not so sure that any place will take it..however, the purpose of sending it around would be to show various people that you CAN write stories. After reading this they will remember you and be interested in the next one. Somebody might even take it.”
~Flannery O Connor
“fewer people possess the combination of determination, skill and lucky timing to sell their attempts (and that's the problem that'll get me, if anything does.)”~Jenna
Both Jenna and Christie (of Spinning Straw into Gold) inspired this - more practical turn in the discussion. How do we meld the practical side of making art with the creative side? Do you think about audience, about saleability, about all the non-artistic aspects of writing, or do you just write and hope for the best? I really only consider it when I’m writing particularly for money - trying to sell a magazine article or something like that. When I’m working on something more creative I tend to ignore thoughts of audience and sale - which is one reason my poems are in a perpetual state of rewriting.
I don’t have a practical mind. I’m working on it, really, I am. But I don’t have one. That doesn’t mean I can’t be practical, can’t attend to the details necessary to write for a sale, it just isn’t natural to me. I’m impressed with writers like O’ Connor, who write artistically and know how to market those stories - especially when, as with Flannery, they fall outside the norm. So, I don’t have much to say in this post, but I feel it’s important to discuss, because whether I like it or not, the ability to sell writing is an important aspect of the writer’s life. Do you carve out a special time for this aspect of writing - say, Wednesdays afternoons to research and marketing? Do you wait for inspiration to strike? Do you dream of something working out without any effort on your part (as I do more often than not)?