- Status Seekers are the type of writers that write for the fame, obsessed with the minutia of publishing and success.
- Storytellers are the writers that concentrate on writing the best possible manuscripts and do it for the love of words and not fame and fortune.
I have a confession to make:
Am a status seeker.
Sure I love crafting new stories, creating new worlds and sharing them with others. I love talking about the rules and inner workings of characters, plots, tropes, settings, and genres. I dive into magazines, podcasts and blogs searching for the next tool that will take my penmanship to the next level.
My name is Rafael and I am a status seeker.
I want my name splashed across the hard cover. I can’t wait to stand in line behind two people, each holding a copy of my latest magnum opus, trembling with anticipation about what they will discover within. I want to sit at the big table in conference and tell others how I write.
Hand me that needle, yeah the one over there. Thank you.
That was supposed to be the sound of my ego exploding. Bad status seeking whore!
But then every other page in the damn magazine talks about promoting your work, getting the query right, and so on.
Can’t I be both?
Can’t I love what I do like nothing I ever done before?
And bask in the glow as others share the same love of my words?
Wrap myself between the blue lines of my legal notepads?
And then have readers discover the subtle nuances between said lines?
Enjoy the moment I discover an interesting twist?
And smirk as the eyes of girl sitting in the corner of the coffee shop grow wide with surprise and joy?
According to Mr. Maas, NO. One must be a writer first and foremost. You can’t sell an unfinished product, not everybody can be Micro$oft! Quality over quantity.
Or as Cristina would say to Antony, “You’re cleverer than most but not as clever as you think you are.”
Writing comes first.
Write the good book and then make it better.
Want to shoot for the moon, you’re going to need a solid launchpad.
Thank you Mr. Maas.
And now for some music: