An Audience of One (plus the cats)

Scroll down to content

I read an article on Medium last week that inspired, annoyed, then inspired me again.  He inspired me with his eloquent style, his big follower list and his ability to reference his own articles (okay this part was the start of the annoyance. People, stop referencing your writing with your own writing!) The came the really annoying part. Here was a writer with a big following was telling his readers that unless they have an audience, their creative output means precisely squat. Annoyed? My blood was boiling.

He then went on to implore his readers to start shipping; cultivating an audience by publishing, however they could. Okay, I get a little inspired here, because if you intend making a living from your creativity, you need an audience. But, Jeff, not all creativity needs an audience. Hell, some of it should be burned like medical waste! Those journals that we write when we’re really p*ssed off. The painting that we just can’t make right. The pen and ink sketches with the cat vomit on them (I know, don’t leave artwork on the floor!) The salient point of creative output is the act of creating, not the shipping, selling or self-promotion.

At some stage along the path, if we keep making, writing and growing, we’re going to come up with some sellable art, if that’s what we’re aiming for. But in the meantime, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, the practice of any art is to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Go on, pretend you’re Count Dracula.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Ideas

Literary Remains

Some Things Are Better Off Read

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Painter, Poet, & Cartoonist

The Darkroom

Gary Allard's photography exposed

Debatably Dateable

But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for

Greater Than the Sum

Andrew's take on the world

Aidan J. Reid

Sci-Fi Nut First. Thriller Author Second.

The Working Writer

Pro Advice For Freelance Writers

Dad's 80th Birthday - 18th December

The Best Dad in the World! Celebrating 80 years and 55 years of being a fantastic father and Grandad!

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Here and now, with all of it.

Whims from Valadae

Official Site of author N.R. Eccles-Smith

Investigative Journalism Scotland

Human Rights Abuses UK; Secretive State Ritual Torture+Assault Targets

Your Guide to Symbolic Meanings and Signs

Award-Winning Author Nicole Evelina

Stories of Strong Women from History and Today

%d bloggers like this: