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The road NOT not taken

In perusing the Amazon Breakthough Novel Award pages, I found a section where well-known writers describe how they got into the book biz. Ken Follet had one of the more prosaic stories. His car needed to be repaired and he saw writing as a way to earn money to fix it.

This made me wonder if scottedelman would see this as some kind of breech of ethics. Frankly, I don't care. Ken Follett wrote Pillars of the Earth. I can forgive him more than a few car repairs for that.

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scottedelman
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Well, Wolfe does allow for exemptions in the case of "dire economic necessity." Supposedly, that's all that made Heinlein write during some times of his life, and Campbell could only get work out of the man by convincing him that he needed a new pool ...

Personally, I have crafted my life so that my artistic decisions aren't impacted by economic considerations. Why do you think I've always had day jobs? I may want money from my writing, but I don't want to ever need the money.
karen_w_newton
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I've always had a day job mostly because I have an aversion to starving.
sandystewart
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I have never imagined I could earn a living by writing, so the question doesn't really come up for me. It's an enjoyable -- avocation (I suppose that sounds better than "hobby"), but I have no illusions that it will ever earn me a lot.

And if it ever does, it will probably be due more to the luck of the market (or to the buying editor just starting Prozac) rather than to me being the next Asimov . . .
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