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Should Talented Writers Stop Writing?

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On Twitter, Stephen Langlois asked:

Stephen

Now, let me just say this guy isn't a self-published hack (I checked his Twitter bio, snob that I am). In fact, he's a NYC Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction--and his work has been featured in Hobart Pulp, Barrelhouse, Joyland Magazine and Split Lip Magazine.

I tweeted back to him:

 

 

 

 

He then replied "Life is too short to be miserable--indeed! Thank you for sharing!"

I continued:

It's true. Now, if writing gave you supreme pleasure--money and/or audience be damned--I'd say keep going. But when writing starts to become a drain, you have to ask "Is it really worth it?" Talent doesn't demand our slavery.

Just because we're good at something--even really good--it doesn't mean we have to do it. We don't owe anyone anything in this life. In fact, we don't even have to do it if it helps people. 

Imagine that.

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