'You run into them [writers] at cocktail parties and have to bluff you way through. Writers, honestly, a lot of them are really nice, but they're so f*****g needy. They need constant validation.'
Quote From Too Close To Home' by mystery writer, Linwood Barclay
Hmmm . . .so does this mean he doesn't need validation and resents those writers who do, or is he taking the rise out of himself? If the former, I suppose having two 'Bestsellers' is validation enough that you have achieved status in your work and don't require the approval of others.
Writing, as every writer knows, is a solitary occupation and you have no idea if what you are writing is mildly acceptable or even plain rubbish until someone else reads it. The normal course of events for a writer is a pile of, 'Not For Us' letters, or you may be genius/lucky enough to get an acceptance. Even then, once a book is on the shelves, it may or may not sell well according to the marketing it gets.
Is it any wonder we need someone to tell us we have got it right? - that we would like to know if someone not only read, but enjoyed the work we spent months, even years living with? If that means I require validation - absolutely.
I don't, however believe everyone is going to like my stories for reasons of plot, setting, conclusion, my characters, the fact there is no exlicit sex [!] etc. Everyone has different tastes and a certain story or character will appeal to some and not others.
I'm still trying to work out if Mr Barclay was serious or not.
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