Tonight, during our weekly trip to Barnes and Noble, I purchased a very interesting read. The book, The Fire in Fiction by. Donald Maas begins with the suggestion that there are two kind of writers: status seekers and storytellers. Very simply put, status seekers want publication. Storytellers want to tell the best stories possible.
This really got me thinking. I wasn’t sure if I agreed at first, because what writer doesn’t want publication? And likewise, what writer doesn’t want to tell an amazing story? However, the more I analyzed it, the more I could see the difference. The more the idea rang true.
In my mind, it comes down to this. It’s not about desires or motivation, because as I said above, most writers basically want the same thing. To me, it comes down to our actions and how we approach the whole writing gig.
How do we write? How do we analyze our own work? How do we edit it? Are we trying to make our stories awesome enough to be published? Or are we trying to take this idea or these characters and give them the words and plot and feeling that they deserve?
This whole notion falls very much in line with the weighty issues I’ve been wrestling in my own mind lately. Very interesting food for thought.