by Debra H. Goldstein
Starving artists, writers, and other creators of the arts often share the sentiment that personal satisfaction is enough. The claim is that it doesn’t matter whether or not an audience exists for the work. As many writers explain, “I write because I have to.” For those of you who feel that way, I tip my hat and salute you. I am not as noble as you are.
I want an audience! To me, a writer’s joy comes from sharing words that evoke an emotional response. Lest you think me selfish, understand the listener can be the universe of readers, a room of people, my neighbor’s pet dog, or my almost one-year-old granddaughter. She thinks anything I write, as long as I read it with weird voices while making funny faces, is fantastic.
|My Best Audience|
It’s truly a joy when my work hits a homerun, but as a writer I get joy even from a critique. Perhaps I do write because I must or perhaps it simply is the way I share my feelings in a manner that connects to those around me. What about you?