What that means is that I write what I want to write, based on a lot of factors, like how I feel, what I’m interested in, what my upcoming schedule looks like, what I’ve already finished, what my beta readers are pestering me for, and what I think will sell. After that, I work on it until I decide it’s done, and then I arrange for it to be assembled, laid out, covered, blurbed, categorized, and button-pushed. I don’t ever push the button myself; that’s not in my skillset.
And then I see what happens.
It’s entirely possible with anything I write that no one will like it. And that bothers me plenty.
Because I want to be liked just as much as the next guy. More than a lot of them.
And this is why the professional writing industry has more work coming to them than they could ever seriously consider. Writers want to be liked.
More than that, though. They want to be liked by the right people. It’s the it-clique in high school. The money doesn’t matter. They want special, important people to wave a magic wand and dub them special and important, themselves. Continue reading “The Myth of Validation”