I have just uploaded the first chapter of my first book and that is something simultaneously exciting and terrifying.
I have recently been reading 'The Moon and the Sixpence' by W Somerset Maugham and I came across these two quotes which I found surprisingly apt. The first is about the number of new books published every week and with the volume increasingly exponentially with self-published works the question is why would you bother to to create your own work? Surly a book has been written to cover every subject you could think of? And as Mr Maugham so rightly comments this multitude of books contain some wonderful works.
'It is a salutary discipline to consider the vast numbers of books that are written, the fair hopes with which their authors see them published, and the fate which awaits them. What chance is there that any book will make its way among that multitude?'
That is the question every writer will ask themselves on numerous occasions both pre and post publication. Why would my book be of any more interest or value than any of the millions of others that already exist out in the world?
And this is Mr Maugham's answer.
'The moral I draw is that the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thoughts; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success.'
So there it is.
I should write to release the burden of my thoughts and for the sheer pleasure of the activity. Is that a true reflection of my reality? I can honestly say that it is. The problem is that the more I write to empty my head of the constant babble of voices, the more it slowly and inexorably refills with other stories. I can only dream of waking to writers block where I can reach for the remote and drink wine whilst contentedly watching Sherlock. The only thing I am confident of is that, if you write for success and fame then you really need to be prepared for a serious dose of disappointment.
Any way must dash I need to release myself from some of my burden again!