The Unreal

Have you seen this documentary? Henry Darger wrote a novel more than 15,000 pages long. He created hundreds of paintings and drawings. No one knew until he was dead.

He wasn’t a man to go on tour or network.

He created his own world and didn’t have to care about book signings, fan pages, reviews, or publishers.

Would you write if every word stayed in the room with you until you died and left them behind?

10 thoughts on “The Unreal

  1. Yes. For me it might be the only way to write, because having an agent dried up the well. I hope to fill it back up now that I’m on my own again, and then we’ll see how I feel about publishing. At this point, I’d be fine never publishing as long as I get that piece of myself back.

    1. Your agent experience is a good reminder that having an agent is not like waving a magic wand and making your writing problems disappear.

      I hope you do not give up.

      Keep writing.

  2. I think I probably would continue — at least with this one story.

    Thinking about this. May have a more complete answer sometime this weekend…

      1. Well, I have a sort of answer. It boils down to: I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m done with this story, and for now don’t much care.

        Which is both spectacularly unhelpful and a bit, well, smug-sounding. It completely ducks the question. But for now it’s the only thing keeping me going.

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