An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done. The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. – William Faulkner
Writing is kind of difficult. Even if you write only for yourself, or maybe especially when you write for yourself. It takes an enormous amount of courage to write about things you’d much rather forget, to confront serious issues. It takes a lot of courage to write something most people would never have the courage to write.
And this is true for all artists. In order for your art to matter to someone else other than you, it’s required that you address a certain issue you care deeply about. Whatever you’re writing about, it needs to be something you feel strongly about. Love it, hate it, want it fixed(if it’s broken), but you need to have the strength to shout it to the entire world.
Now, the strange thing is that when your heart is out there, for everyone to see and analyze and criticize and whatnot, you might get the feeling that this is the ultimate sacrifice, and everything else pales in comparison.
Just think about it.
So, yes, Faulkner was right. It takes this sort of commitment, and nothing less, to write something worth reading. It takes a sort of obsessive passion about your subject matter to make people feel.
We do what we have to do to get the job done. Whatever it takes. Sometimes because there’s no one else, and sometimes because we feel we can do a better job than those before us.
For me to write, I need time. Crucial aspect, actually. In order to have time (because it does take time to produce something you’re satisfied with) you need money. Hence the crowd-funding.
Sometimes life’s funny like that, and it does its best to teach you that certain things are out of your control. This is one of them, and I’m honestly ashamed and angry I have to rely on others in order to keep doing what I love doing most. If all this would take less time than it does, I would have found an alternative.
But posts don’t write themselves, and comments don’t get magically read and approved. Oh, and just don’t mention the e-mails.
Right now, there are still about 59 hours left to contribute. The final countdown. $384 to go, lots of perks still available. And only you can make it happen.
If you like this blog, if you want to read more, now’s the time to contribute. You can do so here.
Like I always say, every dollar counts, because every dollar helps me write for a little longer. And I do write quite a lot of every dollar that gets the green bar closer to completion.
Once again, thank you all for your support,