Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Write to Life

“Can you do better with that price?” a woman asked the photographer selling his work outside Grand Central Station.
The matted print was marked $450.00.
“Yes, I can. How about $575.00?”
The expression on her face was her silent reply and the artist was inspired to continue.
“Look lady. I take pictures of places I’ve been and people I’ve met. My photography is a record of my life. My life has value. I won’t negotiate the value of my life.”

He didn’t make the sale, but he made his point.

For many artists, their tool is a pen (or keyboard) rather than a camera. Their inspirations come from life as well.
Observing others and living their own lives.
For many writers, it’s almost impossible to avoid some autobiographical influence in their work.

Writers do what they do because it’s their life.

Two years ago, I reviewed a 31 page essay entitled, Reading for Survival by John MacDonald. MacDonald extols the virtues -- and necessity of reading. We simply must read.

Those who are inspired to write, feel strongly that they simply must write.

Getting what you have written published typically was not easy. Today, you just need a computer and an internet connection. Could it really be that simple?

The transition from blogger to publishing a novel is not easy.

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Watch for our interview soon with author Stephen Woodfin of Gallivant Press. We will discuss the opportunities of independent publishing.


  1. Although this post is a little outside of my focus with my blog, it definitely relates to blogging and writing in general which is the basis of every blogger. That was a great story about doing better on price, and although a sell wasn't made, it brings home a nice point that everyone, no matter who you are, should put a high value on their life and their experiences as they are unlike any others. Great post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

  2. Sadly, people think it's the camera doing the job..just click and everything is done..

    1. A nice compliment to me once was, "Everyone has a camera. Not everyone has the talent."
      I've never forgotten that!
      Thanks for your comment, Alfandi.