Writer's Anonymous Breakout Fund
Organized by: Becky Carr
Writer's Anonymous is a fund I am trying to set up to allow a beginning writer time to take off work and just go to workshops or guild and critique meetings and just write essentially. With the economy the way it is, I feel like a lot of great talent is getting ignored and literature is declining rapidly. I don't plan on letting it go down without a fight that's for sure.
There are a lot of people who constantly ask me why I want to be a writer. Why do I want to subject myself to that level of criticism when I’m not even able to be successful at it? To be honest, I’m pretty used to criticism, being severely depressed, so that’s one of the easiest parts of the journey thus far. Most of the time my answer is: I write because I have to. If I don’t write, don’t create a world, a story, a song, a poem, a character, something in words that expresses what I feel or want to feel, I’ll go crazy.
“Writing isn’t practical.”
“No it isn’t thank God!”
Dreams often are not practical but guess what, that doesn’t make them impossible. It also doesn’t make them unattainable. Writing has done more for me in ten years than any amount of therapy and it’s something I can feel proud of. I have two novels dozens of poems and lyrics, character back stories worlds I haven’t begun to look at, and I get excited when I think about it.
Something that I don’t see anyone understanding is I want to be a WRITER. I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll probably say it a million more. I know I’m kind of in flux right now with jobs, but if I had a choice I’d drop everything for a writing grant in a heartbeat. If I get picked up by a publishing company in my lifetime (admittedly this may not happen) I hope the advance and sales are enough for me to do nothing else but read and write. I understand about fluctuations in the publishing market especially now with ebooks and Barnes and Noble taking over everything, but understand me when I say this is what I am and nothing can change that. I may be good a lot of other things that put money in the bank for now, but a writer is what I am.