Tuesday 26 March 2013

Do you enjoy writing, or having written?

“Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.” ― George R.R. Martin.
I posted that quote on my Facebook Page on 13 March 2013, and invited comment.

I commented myself, that I find that I'm the complete opposite! I enjoy the process of creating whatever it is I happen to be creating, be it an application or module at work, or a book or story at home. I always feel a sense of emptiness when that project is finished, because there's nothing more to be done on it.

One of my fans, who is also a writer, responded to my comment that she enjoys receiving cheques. The writing, she says she does because it's her job, but her enjoyment comes from holding the finished product in her hands, and seeing the financial rewards come in from that work. I hope that I'm interpreting what she said correctly! I trust that she will correct me if I've misunderstood!

I think that the two of us are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but there must be some middle ground. So I'd like to open it up to a wider audience. If you're a writer, which one are you? Even if you're not a writer (I'm a computer programmer in my "day job"), can you relate to either—or maybe even both— of us?

I'd be really interested to find out!

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