Writers deserve lots of admiration, and much, much praise. BTW, if you seldom get any praise, read more. Do a search for ”Why I Write.’ You might not get much praise there either, but at least you’ll get an idea about why it’s worthwhile to continue. D.H. Lawrence discussed his view of what happens to a writer stops being creative. The short story ‘Things’ is sad, but worth reading.
Looking back at the opera La bohème, I always fall in love with being a writer.
I love the entire opera, and especially the scene with the poet smashing his furniture so he can heat his room. But it’s honest. And I’ll be honest: writing’s dicey. I’ve learned to live as simply as possible; hopefully then I can write and publish without interruption when ‘reality’ strikes. (Recently my sister paid a lot of bills that I’d already paid, using my emergency money. Ah, and I was on planes and trains and buses. I can’t say I did real well with that…)
Another note, before I get on the next avalanche of trains, planes and buses. Last summer, for ‘Summer Reading,’ I referred you to the story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gimpel the Fool. A friend just told me that my link doesn’t work. He gave me the link to a free pdf file, online: http://www.srs-pr.com/literature/singer-gimpel.pdf.
(Could be the older link is part of a local error; but I tried using my vpn and still couldn’t get through to it. So the pdf file is a better choice for you, wherever you are.)
Finally, I’ll mention Strunk and White again. A rule I use many times a day now as I write about rural Oklahoma: always use a ”normal’ (not polysyllabic) word and not a $5 word.
For example, my hero picks up the phone, interrupting his ‘calculations.’ Now a phrase more likely to be used among rural folks there is ‘facts and figures.’ Or even just ‘figgers.’
Time for that bus. Keep writing! Best, Mary Ann