I keep hearing that if you don't want to write every day, maybe writing isn't for you. Writing, it seems, has to come from a deep-seated passion to write constantly--an urge to create and narrate. It's a higher calling, reserved for those who are true writers in every sense of the word.
So, the question is, if a writer doesn't feel this burning need, should they find another pursuit in life? Are they not worthy enough to call themselves writers/authors/storytellers?
For me, the statement about writing for the sake of passion comes with a few problems. Should I feel ashamed for not wanting to write every free second of every day? Am I not a worthy writer because I happen to enjoy several things in life. Am I writing for the wrong reason if I'm more interested in the end result rather than the process? Honestly, sometimes I hate writing. Passionately. But, I still want to write. I still want to share my stories. Does that make me a fraud?
Then we have authors like James Pattersson who scarcely seem to write more than a few sentences of his books. The rest is up to ghostwriters who don't get much of a credit. His books sell, but is he a writer? A storyteller, perhaps. I'm not here to judge; rather, the opposite. (I don't envy those ghostwriters, though.) Surely, according to the first statement about writing would discredit such an author, but who gives anyone the right to discredit creativity simply because it's not done according to a perceived highercalling.
Some authors write to earn their keep. This is usually something rather taboo when it comes to artistry in general, whether it be writing, painting, creating music etc. Sometimes, it seems that it's offensive to those sitting on their beautifully pretentious, high horses that art is monetized. It's rather laughable. If you earn too much, and especially if you do so through stories that are of the entertainment kind rather than the "literary" kind, you're less than dirt and you can be expected to face a lot of spite. Just look at EL James. No, I didn't particularly like 50 Shades of Grey, but I can appreciate the fact that she wrote something so many wanted to read. Sex sells, after all. On the other hand, it's perfectly okay for an author to moan about not earning money. It's all a bit confusing.
Anyway, can money and passion go hand in hand? Are you truly passionate about writing if your sole urge to write comes from earning money? There are probably quicker ways to earn money, though--so there's a catch.
And, what about fame? A lot of people online look for confirmation and validation through some kind of reward system based on votes or comments. For writers, that would be reviews, or as in the case of Wattpad, votes and comments. If you care more about your reviews than the writing, is that wrong? If you write to get affirmation, are you a fraud?
I want to be able to say that I write because I enjoy the sense of accomplishment and affirmation. I want that to be valid reasons, but whenever I hear from different writer blogs etc. that mention this golden rule that it has to be your passion to write, I feel like I shouldn't be writing at all.
Maybe there are more reasons to write than just one. Maybe, you don't even have to have a good reason to write.
At least, I'm tired of hearing myself repeat that I'm writing for the wrong reasons, and that it's likely that I'll stop at one point or another simply because I'm being fed with this idea that I'm not really a writer.
I think it's much simpler than that. I write, and I don't need to defend that interest to anyone. If you want to write, don't let anyone stop you.