Apr 2, 2015

A to Z Challenge: B

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 02, 2015
Source: Rough Whiting
Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you.

If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego.

~ David Brin ~

17 comments:

Annalisa Crawford on April 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM said...

Oh yes, I have the ego to sustain several writers ;-)

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

brianrschwarz on April 2, 2015 at 10:54 PM said...

What a great quote AJ! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Tara Tyler R on April 2, 2015 at 10:56 PM said...

yay quotes! two gems to start us off. i love writers and their quotes, we're so witty, arent' we? ha!
great to meet you. happy b day!

Helen Baggott on April 3, 2015 at 12:56 AM said...

Beware indeed!

Susan Bonifant on April 3, 2015 at 3:26 AM said...

Really, really like the quote. I'm going to go ahead and believe that if we fret enough about never developing those flaws, we won't. Your new fan, Susan

Lilly Faye on April 3, 2015 at 5:36 AM said...

Just stopping by to say, "hi!" Found your link on Janet Reid's blog.

donnaeverhart.com on April 4, 2015 at 2:27 AM said...

Dropping in from QOTKU blog. Very nice site A.J.!

Lisa Bodenheim on April 4, 2015 at 8:57 AM said...

Hi AJ, popping out of the Shark's tank for a bit.

Jed Cullan on April 4, 2015 at 9:06 AM said...

Stopped harassing the Shark long enough to pop over and say, "Hi". Nice quote.

AJ Blythe on April 4, 2015 at 9:19 AM said...

Thanks for stopping by Annalisa. I've just returned the visit :)

AJ Blythe on April 4, 2015 at 9:20 AM said...

Thanks, Tara. I love quotes by other authors. I find them funny and inspiring.

AJ Blythe on April 4, 2015 at 9:21 AM said...

Thanks for stopping by, Helen.

AJ Blythe on April 4, 2015 at 9:22 AM said...

Hi Brian, it is a great quote: humourous, but with an edge of truth :)

AJ Blythe on April 4, 2015 at 9:23 AM said...

Susan, gosh, I hope that's true! I can fret with the best of them ;)

AJ Blythe on April 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM said...

Hi Lilly, Donna, Lisa, Jed... Thanks for visiting. I'm still making my way through the huge pool of links in the shark tank, so if I haven't commented on your site yet I'll get there soon :-)

Ann Bennett on April 5, 2015 at 3:10 AM said...

Very good point.
I have met writers with big egos. However, as a teacher, I met teachers with big egos. Pride does come before the fall. I tell myself to be humble. I hope it is enough. ;=)

AJ Blythe on April 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM said...

Ann, I think most professions have those with big egos, but I don't think it's as easy when you are a writer, because those egos can't handle the rejections. Thanks for stopping by.

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