A BOOKISH CHOICE – A literary-minded witch offers you a choice. With a flick of her wand, you can become an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades (phooey on that!) or a popular author whose books give pleasure to millions (definitely). Which do you choose? (Is this a serious question?)

Was I ever young enough to think money doesn’t matter? If I ever said anything that silly, I apologize. To anyone to whom I may have expressed such arrant nonsense, I must have been on drugs. They warned us about the brown acid.


You can always write some (or many) good books if you have a publisher and an audience. If your books sell well, you don’t have to write drivel. There’s nothing to prevent you from being a best-selling author and a fine writer. I can think of a bunch of authors who succeed at both.

Great writing does not exclude popularity. Exceptional books will find their audience if they get a reasonable shot at it … which means, any exposure at all.

Go with the best-selling choice. It’s a win-win.

And Mr. Huberman, you need a course in spelling and grammar. I don’t wish to insult you, but please, take the time to proofread your posts before publishing. You are writing for writers. We notice.


  1. Good –and only? — genuine answer to a rather dumb question. Seriously, would anyone actually choose to be an “obscure novelist” over being “a popular author whose books give pleasure to millions.” Yeah, I know, we write for ourselves.

    And even if you are not an author at all, but “just” a blogger, ask yourself this: would your rather be an obscure blogger with very few readers or a popular blogger with hundreds (or thousands) of readers? Duh!


    • Remarkably, apparently, yes, there are a few who will not SELL OUT! I am assuming they are (a) independently wealthy, (b) not really writers, (c) terribly young and/or (d) brainwashed by their literature professors.


      • I hate to celebrate anyone getting fired, but if so, he kinda had it coming. Maybe we’ll get some really awesome prompts now and I’ll feel motivated to start doing some creative writing again!


        • Well, his name has been on all the prompts for a few months … and now it’s gone. It was on the Weekly Writing Challenge this morning … gone this evening. So … I somehow doubt he has been kicked upstairs. He really has no business writing for writers if he can’t be bothered to use a spell checker.


          • Hmmm…sounds like he really DID get the boot. Maybe his new employer will show him where spell-check is, and even have someone else proof his work. I actually would have thought there would be someone at WP to visually scan over prompts before they were sent out. The simplest mistakes can lead to the biggest failures.


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