Thanks, the summary was helpful.
Most yous are general yous -- you'll be able to tell the difference. All wes are general wes. Us are general us. This is an editorial.
None of what I said is something you should take personally. It's a general comment on general things. I don't know if you do this. I also wasn't necessarily disagreeing with you. Hollywood makes a lot of crap and crappy books have always been published and authors have always been treated poorly by some publishers and some agents but most of all....it's always been a hard gig.
And that was my point. Don't look for sustenance where you won't find it. If you write with the expectation that people will tell you what you wrote is great, if you need them to tell you that what you wrote was great, then you probably don't need to be writing. It's not the sort of work which gives immediate material benefits whether it be in the form of monetary compensation or accolades. But ... doesn't everyone already know this?
And actually ... it doesn't benefit any of us to want applause over honest criticism especially from fellow writers. An honest critique is one of our best tools in terms of perfecting our craft.
Also... no, writers aren't performance artists and so no, applause doesn't apply and no a metaphor won't do. Visual artists also don't expect applause. There are different types of artists and it's the performance artists who get applause. Even playwrights, if there are still such things, have to wait forever and ever for any sort of applause or material reward. Writers have always had to hold on to their manuscripts, sometimes hopelessly, in the hopes of getting into print.
Visual artists create their work and then it sits there, sometimes forever. It might never be sold. It might never get a positive review. Sometimes, people don't like it. Yet, I know artists who've spent their entire lives creating. Why do they do this? They do it because they enjoy it. It's a form of love. They can't help themselves. They would be unhappy if they stopped.
It's always taken writers years, decades, forever to reap material rewards. So, yes, I absolutely believe the only reason to write is because you enjoy writing, not because you want money, or good reviews, or have expectations of other people. It's a solitary thing. There are places like litopia and writing communities but its still a solitary activity.
If people say nice things about your writing, great. It feels good. It feels wonderful.
None of us are entitled to recognition and demanding it or complaining because we aren't getting it isn't pretty. Which is the key word for me -- ENTITLEMENT. Everyone wants others to like their writing but expecting others to like your writing and complaining when they don't, well -- that's the stuff entitlement is made of.
It's especially confusing and actually .... I think ... more prevalent now that we can self-publish. If you self-publish, please don't cry if no one buys or likes your book. Please, get on with writing a different, better book. Or, maybe a better marketing strategy is needed. Or a better cover. Whatever the case, complaints about the sort of response you get to your writing, is out of place.