Creativity: some implications for (creative) writers.
(i) creative people love what they do; the business of getting paid is an additional bonus.
(ii) it requires at least 10 years of full immersion in the 'creative domain' (for writers a commitment to writing more or less full-time) in order for any artist or scientist to achieve their master-piece or ground-breaking discoovery (this has depressing implications for the writer in today's publication industry since if an author does not sell immediately their future as a writer is threatened);
(iii) creating in order to be rewarded inhibits creativity. Therefore writing for a market or indeed a particular readership (and therefore establishing sales and an income) will not create a great work. The work must be created for its own sake.
So, in order to create their 'great work' a writer must write for his or herself, must love what they do regardless of any market, and must be supported in doing very little else for at least ten years. In other words every writer of any promise is in desperate need of is either a faithful and besotted patron or a mindless job that pays well and allows much day-dreaming.
Very luckily for me I have Hodmandod Senior.