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ziq OP wrote

Reply to comment by Styx in The Problem with Hierarchy by ziq

but then why release it to the world? if you're writing for yourself? JD Salinger didn't let anyone read his novels after the reactions to catcher irked him

Salinger continued to write in a disciplined fashion, a few hours every morning. According to Maynard, by 1972 he had completed two new novels.[104][105] In a 1974 interview with The New York Times, he said, "There is a marvelous peace in not publishing ... I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure."[106] According to Maynard, he saw publication as "a damned interruption".[107] In her memoir, Margaret Salinger describes the detailed filing system her father had for his unpublished manuscripts: "A red mark meant, if I die before I finish my work, publish this 'as is,' blue meant publish but edit first, and so on."[108] A neighbor said that Salinger told him that he had written 15 unpublished novels.[109]

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Styx wrote

But you are not writing it for yourself! You are writing it because there is something in you that wants to get out in the form of text. So you just release it and move on with your life.

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ziq OP wrote

personally i write to taunt people, so i guess i could write anonymously and still do that. but the vitriol i evoke wouldn't be nearly as concentrated or enjoyable

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Styx wrote

You do you! To be clear, I'm not saying that we should all start anonymising our texts. This is not about whether there is some name attached to a text or not, but about how corrosive the very idea of authorship is to every aspect of writing.

Just think about how this need (or want, or whatever) to ruffle feathers affects what you say and how different your writing would be without it.

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ziq OP wrote (edited )

just the idea that pissy little shits obsessively hate-read everything i say is enough to complete me

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