Notes from An Alien

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Productivity vs Satisfaction ~ or ~ Success vs Peace of Mind

There are so many folks (perhaps more than ever) attempting to fulfill the old maxim, Everyone Has A Novel In Them.

Self-Publishing has revolutionized more lives than half a dozen more prosaic social advances

But is the revolutionized life worth living?

Isn’t it true that a writer must be published to be a Real Writer or “Author”?

Isn’t it true that a self-published writer must work to be noticed on as many social media venues as possible?

If you clicked-through those last two links and read some of the posts, you know those two questions were in the Heavy Ironic form—though the way I worded them was probably a tip-off for some folks

So, am I saying that a writer should mostly write and not be overly concerned with Getting Published?

And, am I also saying that a writer with a book should not be overly concerned with Social Media?


If the writer is causing themselves psychological damage by over-attention to being published and/or playing with social media, then, yes, I’m saying they should probably write more before attempting publishing and write even more before playing the social media game

Being Productive so you can attain Success too often leads Satisfaction very far from Peace of Mind.

There’s a special video on the past post, Balancing The Writer’s Life, that would be good therapy if you happen to be a writer who’s all stressed out over publishing and the chaos of social media

And, perhaps, I should add, to make my point have some clarity, that there are many writers who Should get published and Should use social media

I suppose I could grossly overgeneralize my point by saying, It’s not what you do but how you do it.

I’ll go a bit further by sharing an idea from Maria Popova’s blog when she quotes Annie Dillard from the book The Writing Life:

“There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of good days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage sweet. Who would call a day spent reading a good day? But a life spent reading — that is a good life. A day that closely resembles every other day of the past ten or twenty years does not suggest itself as a good one. But who would not call Pasteur’s life a good one, or Thomas Mann’s?”

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5 responses to “Productivity vs Satisfaction ~ or ~ Success vs Peace of Mind

  1. libraryassociate September 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Isn’t it true that a writer must be published to be a Real Writer or “Author”? I live by the theory that a writer must share their work to be a real writer. It needn’t be published in my definition it can be shared online, by voice, to a lover/friend, in a bulletin self published book or on sl to other avatars I say the writer that shares is the realist the Author..


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