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Offline geordiegirl

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Which would you rather . . . ?
« on: February 25, 2007, 05:05:44 AM »
Would you rather be an amazing writer whose true talent isn't discovered until many years after their death or a best-seller of pot boilers?

Anyone who says talented and best-seller isn't playing fair ;D

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 05:24:27 AM »
I think I would like to be a best seller of "pot boiler's" to pay the bills while my 'true' talent is discovered after my death to keep my family in the manner  (and manor) they deserve hehehe.


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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2007, 07:19:41 AM »
I agree with Suzie.  The little nibbles at fame from writing 'potboilers' and other less high profile stuff keep a writer fed and the dream alive.  Posthumous success, whilst beneficial to my family, is no use to me.  No matter how famous you get, dead is still dead ;-(

Bestsellers are often 'potboilers' too.  Just a much bigger pot ;-)

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007, 11:29:17 AM »
I'll take my fame and fortune while I'm alive, thank you very much.   :D

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007, 01:20:38 PM »
I'd prefer neither quite frankly.

I'm not interested in being discovered or famous (whether alive or dead), that's not why I write, and by choice I fix computers in order to pay the bills.


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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2007, 04:55:42 PM »
As they say: you can't take it with you. Gimme the here and now! :)
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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 05:22:54 PM »
I'd rather be an amazing writer. (period)
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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2007, 05:37:40 PM »
I second that one, Fordy! ;)
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Offline geordiegirl

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2007, 04:59:12 AM »
But that's not the game  ;)

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2007, 05:13:33 AM »
But that's not the game  ;)

But it's a game which automatically refuses entry to anyone that can't pick one or the other answer.

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2007, 03:16:51 PM »
My rules  ;D

Most of us write to share our thoughts and ideas with others which is why I would always say potboiler bestseller because then more people will have read me. I once argued with a lecturer that Ulysses could never be classed as "the best novel in the world" because no-one can read it (well, quite a lot put it back down) and for me, that's not what writing is about. And after all, there's a lot to be said for Catherine Cookson, Denise Robertson and the likes as well as Shakespeare, Austen, Brontes etc although they're worlds apart. If I could write something that got me thinking/feeling the way Denise Robertson has in some of her books, then I'd be ecstatic. A pox on the literary critics!

Any answers are welcome, Crystalwizard, lighten up.

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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2007, 03:32:11 PM »
Well, given that I have another full time job that pays my bills, I'd go for the former.  I really have no desire to write things that other people sneer at, so as long as money isn't an issue, I'd go for the posthumous fame.  pre-humous fame I may or may not be able to deal with...  then again, I don't think I'd ever want to be famous... but rich would be pretty cool I think  ;D
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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2007, 07:56:09 AM »
I'd very much like to see some 'fame' when I'm alive, but really I don't like the word 'fame' because of its negative conotations. Writer's aren't really famous as themselves, it is their work that gets known rather than the author. So I guess I wouldn't mind 'recognition' when I am alive for my work. After all a lot of authors use feedback from fans of their work to improve it so its a good thing.
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Re: Which would you rather . . . ?
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2007, 11:26:13 AM »
I'd definately be the one seeking the benefits whilst I can, but when I die, someone will go through my things and find pages and pages of unbelievably amazing text that will double my fame!!!!
(And then I woke up and realised it was all a dream!)
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