Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Authors Searching For Love: Like a Fairytale Castle in the Mist?
This kind of love is probably what many aspiring authors seek. But in recognising this, are we pursuing a castle in a mist? The castle above is Neuschwanstein, the most famous of King Ludwig's three castles, and the one most often identified with fairytale vision. King Ludwig himself wanted to live in a fantasy medieval world, and he had the money to bring this about... until the Bavarian government went into panic mode after he sunk deeply into debt.
We have a dream. We want to be popular and successful authors. But is there a difference between "popular" and "successful"? I'd love to know what ideas you have on this. When I was a child I admired Enid Blyton's stories and aspired to her level of popularity as a writer. What I really dreamed of was the state of being a "much-loved author".
People talk about "loving" their favourite author as if they had a personal relationship with them. This of course applies in other creative fields too. There are those who love Mozart, adore Beethoven, or are deeply devoted to Bach. This love is totally regardless of what they were actually like as people. And the same applies to authors.
But is this a desirable thing to aspire to? Are we living in a fantasy world when we dream of this? Should we not rather focus only on saying what we have to say, to the highest standard possible, and leave the reaction of others to the realms of the unknown? If success and popularity come - all well and good. But until or if that ever happens, it is no concern of ours.
I'd welcome your comments on this.