Thursday, June 23, 2011

Is art validate only if it sells?

On a blog I like to frequent an author said something alone the lines of... If no one buys my book than all the time I spent writing it was a waste.
A few weeks ago a friend said something like... You have to create to fulfill a need inside yourself. If it sells that's fine, but that isn't the bottom line.
So, what do you think? Why do you create? Is it for tangible or intangible reasons?


Anonymous said...


The blog I write is for the pure joy of it. There is no monetary gain associated with it.

The articles I write for magazines and my manuscript (while joyful) are written for a very specific audience and there is monetary gain associated with it.

The Sweater Curse said...

Thank you for your comment, Laurie.

I write much the same as you do both for fun and profit.

Once upon a time I feared that I would be so wooed by cash that my writing would suffer (and that all the fun would be sucked out of it). I no longer fear this happening--I know it won't.