Or, it’s more about connection than it is about self-expression. And, of course, it depends on what we’re after. If we want people (who are not our mothers) to read us, then we need connection way more than self-expression.
I’ve never read Yancey, but I like this video (below). Especially at about the 23:20 point where he expresses how difficult writing is. As Pete Peterson said on the Story panel at Hutchmoot: “Many people say, ‘I write because I can’t not write.’ I don’t get that. I can easily not write. That’s the easiest thing in the world to not do.”
Well, he said something like that and he took the words right out of my mouth, so I’m putting them back in just as I like.
It’s easy not to write. It’s painful. On the self-same panel, Jonathan Rogers explained that when it’s easy it’s not usually worthwhile.
“I’ve written books that didn’t hurt, and to tell you the truth, they’re not all that good.” Jonathan Rogers
Well, this might have been easy to write.
OK kids, back to Yancey.
At one point he advises writers, “Don’t do it alone,” and goes on to say that there are many creative people, but:
“…they’re all into self-expression…but you don’t make a living in self expression, you make a living by connecting with people who want to pay money…to say ‘this is worth my time.’”
Good point, Phillip Yancey. Good point.
Also, you have an amazing ‘fro.
I have shared this vidya content before, but thought it might be good to do again. I thought those thoughts with the thoughts in my mind.