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What is a successful writing career?


What say you, blogger friends?

The thing is, it seems to be different for everyone.  Some people want to get rich, some want to just make a living, some want to win awards, others want to sell loads of books.

I’d like to win awards AND sell loads of books.

Okay, I’m kidding.  Well, sort of.

When I think about this sort of stuff, I always remember meeting Orson Scott Card, back when I was young and naive.  I had just read Ender’s Game, and my entire world (universe even) was altered.  It was a little workshop with my school – nothing fancy – but I remember being awed to meet an author of a book I loved.

He talked about finally getting a film deal for Ender’s Game.  I still remember how it seemed like that was his moment.  Like he figured if he could get this film made, and get it to do okay, he would finally have ‘made it’.  That was over ten years ago, and I haven’t seen an Ender’s Game film yet.  In some ways, it’s like Orson Scott Card never really ‘made it’ – he never became a household name.  Sadly, neither did Ender’s Game.

BUT.  I love this book.  Love it.  I was about fourteen when I first read it, and it still sticks with me.  It means something to me.  It changed the way I looked at the world, and myself.  It made me think about understanding, and love, and what makes us human.  It mattered to me. It still does.

If I can do this, I will have a successful writing career.  I will happily write advertising to pay my bills until I retire, and long as I can write a book that will mean, to someone, what Ender’s Game meant to me.

I want to write something that matters to someone.  It doesn’t have to sell loads, it doesn’t have to win awards.  I want it to mean something, to someone.

That is enough.

  1. January 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I totally identify with you here. To touch someone like that would be such a privilege, it makes the other potential trappings of writing career look kind of gaudy and overvalued. I’m sure you’ll get something out there that matters terribly to someone.

  2. January 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Okay. Orson Scott Card and “Ender’s Game” not being household names is news to me, love!

    • January 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      i have never heard of “enders game” and “orson scott card” How and where did you hear about them. what genre is their work?


  3. January 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Bethany – Glad to hear it! My housemates obviously need educating…

    Diane – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a must-read. It’s Sci-fi, but worth reading even if you don’t like Sci-fi normally. Buy it here.

  4. January 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Let’s be honest, every writer secretly wants to be the next Harry Potter. But really I agree with you, I just want someone who doesn’t know me to have my book be their favorite.

    • January 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      How did you know my guilty secret?! Okay, if someone offered me lots of money to write books, I certainly wouldn’t say no. But still, this would be enough.

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