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Freedom vs. Money

Lawrence Block's writing advice always feels like it's aimed directly at me...even if he wrote it thirty years ago, when I was more concerned with figuring out which LP to buy next and agonizing about how mean everyone else in high school was and how much I hated them.

His classic column on getting by on a writer's income is still an engrossing read.

"If I write something I don’t want to write, I’m giving up some personal freedom. Perhaps more important, if financial considerations induce me to forego writing something I would really like to write, I’m giving up a large measure of freedom and defeating my own purpose in having become a writer in the first place."

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andy_slayde
Apr. 6th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
Love the quote :o)
jordan_c_price
Apr. 6th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It seemed apt as I've been thinking a lot about being appreciative of my freedom these days.

Thank you for the easter card, it was super cute!
andy_slayde
Apr. 6th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I too have been think about that a lot lately, as you know.

I thought you'd like the puzzle at the end :o)
jordan_c_price
Apr. 6th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
The world would be a more thoughtful place if more things ended with a nice jigsaw puzzle :D
andy_slayde
Apr. 6th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Jigsaw puzzles brighten any day.
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jordan_c_price
Apr. 6th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
I just experienced a surge of gratitude that I don't have to deal with grad school. Those were some hard years for me.

I liked his distinction of broke vs. poor a lot. Lots of people I know who seem to have plenty of money, by my standards at least, still think of themselves as "poor" and it's quite a turnoff when they start bitching about money.
clarelondon
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I really loved this article, especially the issue about knowing "poor" from "broke". A bit like the part in London Eye where Chance says - there are people who have money and people who are rich. The article emphasised for me that an author should be honest with *why* they are writing, and what they can afford, financially and emotionally. And what they really want to pursue...

Sorry, getting a bit deep for a Fri night :)
jordan_c_price
Apr. 7th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
OH, that is eerily like what Chance said, isn't it?

For me the big distinction is that being "broke" feels temporary.

Once I gave someone a compliment on how she incorporated these cool-looking found objects into her garden and she snapped, "It's called poverty." She lived in a nicer home than I did...if she chooses to see herself as poor, that's up to her.

Did Block talk about affording things emotionally or is that your twist on it? That seems like something I want to poke at and think about.
clarelondon
Apr. 7th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if he did - his POV was mainly from the financial side. I liked one of his points that was "it's only money".

It's probably my twist on it. I think quite often about the why's and wherefore's of writing. Why I'm doing it, what I want and expect, what makes me feel satisfied, what frustrates me, what measures I do/don't meet, what effect that has on my emotions and motivations. I try always to be honest. That way I feel if it isn't working for me any longer, I can make decisions to move on or elsewhere. Occasionally I wonder if other authors aren't honest with themselves - though maybe a thicker skin and a more aggressive determination is a bonus! and I need to cultivate it...

Damn good subject for poking at, IMO, plenty of scope :).
lawrenceblock.wordpress.com
Apr. 13th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Freedom vs.Money
Wanted to thank you for the mention. That particular column has been getting a lot of play in the blogosphere, and one woman wrote to tell me it had gone viral. (That struck me as an exaggeration. Bacterial, maybe. But viral?)

Have to say it's heartening when some thoughts of mine from 30 years back resonate with people today...

LB
jordan_c_price
Apr. 13th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Freedom vs.Money
This is a huge fangirl moment for me! Thanks for stopping by, Lawrence!
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