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mark211How important is fame?2017-10-15 11:28:09
mark211A bit random, I know but - all writers need readers, at least to some extent. But how many? It would of course be nice to sell a million books, but is a million-selling book necessarily better for having been read by a million people especially if we cannot guess the motivations of all those readers? Do you have any thoughts on this? Let us know below.2017-10-15 11:30:18
IronspiderI write because I enjoy it, not because I'm deluded enough to believe I could make a living at it! I'm amazed that a story I submitted several years ago is still receiving regular viewing. That other people may enjoy what I've written is a bonus - stories are meant to be shared.2017-10-15 23:57:02
GordonRowlinsonBeing a writer is like being a musician. You want an audience. You want people to read your stuff. The thought of a million readers is crazy. 2017-10-16 03:15:09
r.tornelloFirst things first, Do you have your taxes and documentation in order? And then the soldiers you'll need to include a good accountant and tax lawyer. 2017-10-16 07:09:42
GordonRowlinsonYeah RT, you need some good people behind you if you are rich and famous. But the real price of million dollar fame is that you have to go commercial!!! No! No! No! I refuse to sell out!!! I want everyone to know that I am turning down million dollar fame and fortune to remain true to my artistic integrity and write on the Quantum Muse. 2017-10-16 08:21:20
r.tornello@ Gordon: Commercial hey, isn't that what all the greats were in their own fashion? Think about it back then, thinking DaVinci, Bach, and some unknowns in the pay-leo-lithic era et al, it was having a patron and pleasing them. It's no different today. The public as per your publicist and agent are you patrons. If you don't stay on the charts you're no better that a can of beans (a slight take from Billy Joel). 2017-10-16 10:41:13
Modelling_MushiYeah, in the end someone or something has to put bread on the table, clothes on your back. So in today's world fame can equal income, so its the price for being able to do what you love. I think a bit @Ironspider, I don't have any delusions ... BUT ... if fame meant more time to write SF that brings me pleasure, hell yes I would. I think of the classical composers (Handel, Bach, Vivaldi) who created some masterpieces - and some absolute dogs just to keep their patrons (@r.tornello) and fans happy and themselves in wigs and beer.2017-10-19 02:35:47
Modelling_MushiBut in your ORIGINAL point @mark211 fame is irrelevant in and of itself. Its fleeting and fickle, and more to the point would I want it when I think of who would be giving it? So as an end no, its not important. But if it were a means to an end ...2017-10-19 02:37:49
dandrew72I'll be honest, I'd love to sell a lot of copy and/or have something turned into a movie so that I'd be set for the rest of my years. All the same, I don't want fame at least in terms of accolades and attention. I do want fame though in terms of giving readers a product they enjoy. When someone reads what I've written my hope is that it gives them a break from the mundane, or it makes them think, or it makes them laugh. I would never want to be the famous author everyone recognizes in public - that would be a pain. Can you imagine going on a beer run and everyone at the store recognizes you? I'd like to be someone known for writing cool stuff that breaks molds and trends toward the unusual. At the end of the day if I've given a good product to just a handful of people that's cool. I'm good with that. I'd love to strike it rich just like everoyne else - all the same, I'm good with making people happy if I can. 2017-10-20 18:17:01
dandrew72I wonderif it is necessary to distill this down to a binary choice, between "selling out" and "artistic integrity"? I tend to think musically when I write, so I'll offer a musical example here to clarify. When Nirvana emerged (and even though they borrowed a Killing Joke riff to make it big) they didn't really violate that binary. I'd argue that right place right time were a factor for them. (Husker Du came before them and even made the morning shows on national TV two or three year before Nirvana). When Nirvana emerged the time was right for something different and they were different. Had time itself been different, Bob Mould of Husker Du could have been the iconic face of the 1990s. That said, writing I guess is a bit different than music. The work we all produce requires a larger cognitive investment than a song does (in most cases). Unfortunately, the entertainment industry these days doesn't care so much for requiring a cognitive investment of its consumers (unfortunately). I think I've contradicted my own opening statement?2017-10-20 18:25:04
rt@ Dandrew, define or explain what you mean by larger cognitive investment. Thank you. RT2017-10-23 04:19:50
micheledutcherI will never need to find out what fame is like. I am too old to write for 7th graders. I create to please my curiosity alone. I don't have the patience to be famous.2017-10-23 12:22:32
RT@ Michele, yeah me too. I write poetry 1st. I like to tell a story with a poem. to me it's more fun. I also write for my family to entertain them and like you I don't write for "7th graders" though they get quite a bit of it. If fame comes, it will be after I'm dead. My they all toast me and their trust funds should that be that case.

Remember we are all quark based, time constrained, organic matter that sooner or later will revert back to our original structure. This life as we have it, is a holiday from eternity.

2017-10-24 04:48:05
RTcorrections: 1st line To me not to me and last line 1st paragraph MAY not MY2017-10-24 04:49:59
dandrew72For me it's all about the readers - whether there are 5 or 5 billion. I want to give them something that's worth their time. 2017-10-25 15:15:13
johanseenadissertation Writing Service should imagine it is very important. Stars of stage and screen, TV personalities, singers/songrwriters, performers, and personalities of that kind thrive on it. You only have to look at the advent of so many reality shows now on TV to see the world seems obsessed by it. And to some extent we 'the public' are buying into this image of stardom. Let's be honest, how many people would not get excited if we were sitting drinking a coffee with a friend in the local coffee house, and George Clooney just happened to walk in and sit at the table opposite you? Or may be the men would blink twice at Jennifer Lopez, etc. And basically there is nothing wrong with that whatsoever - a little excitement in an otherwise humdrum day. So yes it is important.2017-10-31 01:44:12
RT@johnseena...Important for who? A recognition of a high degree of skills or an action is one thing, but the importance of fame for the bystander, as it appears to be expressed in you comment, is facile. 2017-10-31 13:26:55

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