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Author Topic: Giving a Proper Sacrifice.  (Read 4844 times)
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« Reply #12: April 08, 2011, 09:38:15 pm »

As a writer and a poet, I think writing poems and stories is an excellent idea. I don't think people who aren't serious about writing ever really understand how much time, effort, and energy can be required to write even a simple poem or story...

...So, I personally think what you are doing is quite good. I mean, just about anyone could go to the supermarket and pick up some various inexpensive food items. How many people could write a good poem or story, though? Not quite as many. Poetry and storytelling are very special talents and I don't think you should ever allow anybody to try to lessen the importance of those talents. I would suggest you continue on dedicating yourself to honing your craft. It's something that makes you special and unique and I think that's certainly something worthy of respect. 

As an artist and writer I definitely agree with this. I don't know how many times someone has said to me -- something along these lines, not quoting exactly -- "You are so lucky to get to spend your day making art. How fun!"

I want to scream sometimes! Making art is hard work!!! I get so frustrated that people don't want to pay what actually amounts to a mere fraction of the value of a work (after figuring in my time, materials and overhead) because I should "be happy that I get to play all day" while other people have REAL jobs. I wish they could be a fly on the wall for about a week and see what goes into that so-called play.

My husband is a sculptor as well, and we often collaborate. One day a man told us that though he really loved a dragon figure we created, he wouldn't pay the asking price of $175 because it was made of plastic. (We usually cast in metals but this piece was sculpted straight up from a particular kind of very expensive self-hardening epoxy designed for sculptors that we had wanted to experiment with.) The thing was indistiquishable from metal unless you tried cutting into it, and took about 200 hours of painstaking work, but all he cared about was the fact that it was technically plastic -- therefore cheap.

What value did he put on the artwork? He loved it and gushed over it, but did not value it enough to pay for it. As for the value he placed on the artistic abilities of the creators? Apparently there was none assigned. We were just playing.

It is only my two cents worth, but I think a well crafted bit of writing is a perfectly acceptable offering or sacrifice if it takes as much time and effort to create it as I know some of my work does.

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