Sunday, August 21, 2016

As the Worldcon winds down

I find it important to remind myself that what matters most is that we do the work.  The socializing and the networking and the schmoozing are all well and good, but if we don't write the books and stories, then as authors we are just pretending.  I need to put my focus ever more squarely on doing the work.


David Drake said...

Dear Mark,

I could not agree more. The work is the work.

I generally find cons pretty difficult so it's easy for me to stay home and work; but regardless, the frequent claims (in my day at least) that you have to go out to cons to get ahead are complete bullshit.

In your situation, I'd have stayed home. In my situation, I did.


Mark said...

I agree those claims are not true. I enjoy seeing friends and participating in the community, so I do go to some cons, but I must always remember that it does not finish any work. Only writing does that.

Andy Finkel said...

That reminds me of the old Dorothy Parker quote:

“I hate writing, I love having written.”

Andy Finkel said...

(clicked publish instead of preview, leaving out the 3rd line of the post)

it seems you both disagree with her!

Mark said...

I actually agree with her sometimes. I do believe, though, that doing the work is far and away the most important thing.


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