Do We Write for Love or Money?

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Reblog: Tim Baker Wants To Know – Do We Write For Love Or Money?

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Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was a British poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He is generally regarded as the greatest man-of-letters in English history.Dr Johnson

In Johnson’s biography, written by James Boswell in 1791, Dr. Johnson is quoted as saying “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”

An author friend of mine named Tony Walker shared that quote with me back in 2009. At the time I hadn’t published my first novel yet and I wasn’t sure if I should be insulted or not. I respected Tony both as a writer and as a person, so I felt obligated to at least consider the possibility.

Four years and seven novels later I have had time to give it some serious thought and I’m still not totally convinced of the statement’s accuracy.

If I accept it as true, it sort of makes me feel shallow and…

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