Is fame and fortune what a writer’s heart desires? I say no. The writer’s ego might desire fame. The mind, the lifestyle, the budget may clamor for money. But I say the heart of a writer will only be satisfied by readers.
Some writers may be fulfilled with only one reader. Some may need millions. Millions of readers is only a dream for me, but I need more than the few I’ve had. That’s not to diminish those who’ve read my work so far. They were a delicious appetizer, the amuse bouche, and they gave me a taste for more.
Unless my novel is read, it’s only a collection of words, ink on paper. It has no meaning. It has no life. When I announced that I’d completed writing Brevity, several people congratulated me. I felt odd accepting that. True, many people talk about writing a novel, though few actually do, but I didn’t write this book for myself—not just for myself. It wasn’t really completed when I wrote the last word.
A book is something best shared, I think. How often have you finished a book and immediately wanted to talk about it with someone? Whether you liked it or hated it. So, yes, I finished my book, and now I need someone to read it. I need to talk about it with someone. Many someones.
My heart desires it.
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32 thoughts on “The desire of a writer’s heart”
My heart greatly desire this, too. For me, it’s pointless to write for no audience!
I suspected you felt the same, Michelle. 🙂
My answer, which is my answer to most questions, is ‘it depends.’ Journal-y kinds of things I rarely/never want to share.
Yes, I do want to share much of my writing. I’m not sure yet how large a pond I need/want to swim in, though.
I definitely wouldn’t want to share everything I write. Sometimes even I don’t want to read it. 😉
I hope you find your ideal pool, Natasha.
Linda, I heartily agree. I have always wanted to share my writing and seen it as something that might one day have an audience. Maybe that is why I never took to journal-writing–because I knew it was personal, the most personal perhaps, and by its very nature, wouldn’t (most likely) have an audience one day.
It’s great that you had that goal for your writing from the beginning. Erika. And now you’re about to realize that goal! Have a wonderful holiday. 🙂