I wrote my first creative piece upon reading a book that had a frustrating ending. I, unfortunately, am extremely opinionated on what I like to read and watch. The ending of the above-mentioned book I have long since forgotten, not to mention its title. I do remember how passionately I rewrote the ending. This is where the obsession began.
I had a therapist around this time, for behavioral issues, which led to the suggestions of writing in a journal. What began as nonsense thoughts and horrifying dreams, quickly became a source of creativity. Teachers from every school I attended all noticed a talent in me forming. Even my parents were supportive of this talent, going as far as to urge me to practice my signature in the event I “became famous.” I never wanted fame. This is a compulsion that sprouted forth because of trauma, has become a cathartic expression. I can write what I want to say without interruption. It is truly glorious.
The art of writing seems to be misconstrued as this way to become famous and receive clout for no reason. I have never been under that impression. As an actor losing the spotlight after someone younger and better looking enters the stage, writing too is merely a means to an end. It is a career that can be a fast-track to incredible money, but one should never assume this walking into it. It does not matter how you got published.
I chose independent publishing because I never wanted the censorship involved with traditional publishing. I know the topics I prefer to discuss are not a savory morsel for everyone. That is the way I like it. I want the strange and unusual. I like the idea of writing my way. I have a voice that is unique to me. I want everyone to feel that way. I support other indie authors in the way my mom, dad, grandmother, and auxiliary family members supported me. Writing should not be this fame driven pathway, it is an art.
Sometimes I feel like I see too many authors and artists fall into cliches, though not always a bad thing, it can be redundant. I want to encourage those to write their dream project, but it can be frustrating when I see four books or pieces with similar plots. Sorry if that sounds rude, I am saying it, this is my opinion. I have not encountered it as much since I joined Twitter, as they have flooded me with unique voices and even more creative pieces. Thank goodness this happened. I can see the world will soon be overrun with the voices of millions that are incredibly talented.
Circling back, this piece is more of a late night “shower thought”, if you will. I had been told years ago that writing is an investment. Many authors do not achieve fame, or infamy, until their death. Why is that? It takes so much work to actually get your name anywhere near a spotlight long enough to gain worldwide recognition. “Even the most incredible books are found in bargain bins.” A quote from someone I encountered earlier this year.
I do not know about you, but that does not sound bad. I am torn between wanting the fame and money and wanting my book to be free. I see no problem with ending up in a bargain bin. Would that not imply your book is more accessible to the masses? What if years after you give up writing, you become a cult classic with a following you wish you had when you wrote it? It has been done time and time again! I would much rather have obscure books that gain a following later down the road and become a trope of pop culture. Imagine the surprise when Richard O’Brien found out “Rocky Horror Picture Show” became a cult classic. It has been made fun of but think of how many people still love it fifty years later. I love it.
Do not be discouraged if you are not a best seller in any category, be reassured because I am not either. I hope that one day someone picks up your book at a library or at the bottom of a bargain bin and makes you into a cult classic. Turning your “flop” into a “top”.