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free range writing (or: how the internet can make you a writer, but maybe not a Writer) - phati'tude || Conversations in Literature
There’s something glamorous about writing. Or, at least, the image of what a writer should be. Sitting somewhere with a notebook or laptop, chipping away at a magnum opus or the Next Great American Novel. The status of writing in the cultural imagination is all about the glamour. And the impending sense of failure. Like all other artistic fields, writing has been defined by the rarity of its success stories, and the exclusiveness that becomes associated with that success. Getting published isn’t supposed to be easy, but the result of years of hard work, starving and suffering for the higher ideal of art.