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Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomNeil_Ostroff) | 319 comments I watched a funny Family Guy episode last night (actually, I think they’re all funny) about Brian the dog wondering if he should marry an older woman. He goes out to a bar and tries to pick up this really pretty cartoon girl. When all of his pick-up lines fail he finally says to her in desperation, “You know, I wrote a book.” And her response, “Let’s both go into the bathroom.” Haha! No, seriously. Why does someone write? If you ask a sixteen-year-old male musician why he wants to be a rock star I guarantee top of his list is to impress girls. Why do people drive really expensive cars when any good, inexpensive reliable means of transportation will do? Why do people buy mansions that can sleep twenty people when there’s only four or five in the household? Why do anything at all to improve your status in life? Unfortunately, it’s to impress other people. Even I will admit to being affected by this need to impress. My ego does inflate whenever I see someone’s eyes light up when I mention how many books I’ve written. I absolutely enjoy the accolades sometimes thrown my way by strangers and fans. But here’s what separates those who create art because they have to and those that do it to impress other people. I wrote for sixteen years before I got anything more than nice notes of rejection from agents and publisher’s before I started to get noticed. Had I counted on other’s praise to keep me going I would have quit long ago. I write because I’m hard-wired to do it. Everything else, the praise and respect that comes with completing novels, is bonus. I want people to be impressed by the content of my stories not just by the fact that I was able to complete one. As Brian the dog uses the fact that he wrote a single novel to impress a woman, I’ll stick with people reading my books first and then see if they’re impressed. They usually are.

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Trista DiGiuseppi (trysta) Interesting that no one has replied to this yet. I see where you're going with the topic, and I agree. Writing is the only thing I really know how to do. And trust me, I do it well. I don't do it to impress anyone, and I certainly don't do it to make money.

The reviews I've accumulated over the last 12 months range from, "This is incredible!" to "This is dogshit..."

You never know who you're going to impress. As Neil Gaiman once told me, in person, "Bad reviews? I get them ALL THE TIME."

You just have to do what you love based solely on the reason that you love it.

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Barbie Herrera (barbiesway) | 130 comments Neil wrote: "I watched a funny Family Guy episode last night (actually, I think they’re all funny) about Brian the dog wondering if he should marry an older woman. He goes out to a bar and tries to pick up this..."

I didn't write to impress anyone. Actually, because of the content of my book I am very afraid of its reception or if people will read it and not think too horribly about me

I had a story that I felt needed to be told. Not a popular issue to discuss. Woman are usually embarrassed by it or may not want to face up or believe what's happening. And men well, many just don't see it as an issue. While there is a lot of information about 'addiction to porn' there is, I found, little from the woman's point of view. As I gathered more information for my story I knew that it would not fit into the categories of what the mainstream wants to read about or see happen.

Once I knew where my story was going it was pretty scary to think of putting it out there, putting myself out there. I even wrote three different endings. But in the end, I believe I stayed true to the story and what can happen and where things can lead. Not that this is how every addiction will progress. My book, Portrait of Our Marriage a fictional memoir, is certainly not a recommendation of how people should handle the issue of porn addiction just one woman's journey.

I think many writers write to get the voices and stories out of their head, have something to share or say, have a vivid imagination, to help others, to teach, write for causes, or simply to share their vision. Honestly, to get the girl, to get famous, or to get rich just do not seem realistic reasons why writers write when many if not most face rejection and critics far more often. JMHO :)

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