I regularly receive in my inbox various messages inviting me to book a place on courses for writers. The latest one is £245 for "Manuscript submission masterclasses". Are you kidding?
Creative writing seems to have turned into a multi-million pounds industry.
I have quite a romantic idea about what being a writer is. For me, a writer is not someone who's been to Cambridge or Oxford, done an MA in creative writing, learnt how "to pitch themselves" and "position themselves in the market". How can something as creative and intuitive as writing have become so infused with corporate speech?
For me, a writer is self-made, DIY, someone with an urge, a passion; it's someone who writes because they cannot do without it. It's someone whose imagination is too powerful: they would go mad if they didn't write all those things they write.
Also, I love writing because it is a solitary activity I can do at my own pace and in silence. It is my very own little universe.
I am not looking for the company of "fellow writers", companionship. I do not wish to "share my experience".
I do not want a smug publishing professional to tell me what to do or not: for me, writing is so personal that no one can tell me how to do it. I just follow my instincts, my intuition, two things that have become "swear words" in our society.
It seems that people are trying to find ways of restricting writing, of controlling it. You almost need a "business plan", you need to "identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer", you need an "action plan".
And I say "NO", even though I am perfectly aware of the consequences!
I think therefore I write.
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