Anyone who has passable literacy skills, can write. These days, blogging and self publishing mean that anyone can put ideas into the public domain and offer themselves as a writer in their chosen field. The more ambitious can chase magazines, and publishing houses. Not all will succeed with this. Not everyone will find a large readership. However, having a big fan base is not the only reason to write, and getting ideas to the people who needed them is, for some of us, a lot more important. So, becoming a Druid author is easy. Success is a matter of how you measure it.
The notion of the wealthy, glamorous, fame filled, adoration laden life of the author really only exists inside the heads of people who have never tried to be authors. The few, most visible authors at the very top of their profession, get this kind of life. The passably successful author will get odd days when they get to feel loved, valued and important. For most authors, most of the time, the reality is lots of work for little reward or encouragement. If dreams of fame and riches motivate you, there are many more reliable ways than this one.
So, why write? Why set out to right if there’s no money in it, and no groupies?
Because you have found something that you think is important and useful, and want to share it.
To inspire others and broaden what they might be able to do.
To change the world.
My writing so far has come from places where I’ve struggled and wanted guidance and been unable to find what I‘ve needed. I’ve learned the slow, hard way things that would have been a good deal easier if I’d had a few pointers to begin with. I come back and offer those, and perhaps someone else is spared from re-inventing the wheel. I write to push for political, cultural and social changes. Increasingly, I write because it is a silly thing to do from an economic perspective, because it will probably never pay me fairly by the hour, and because I am increasingly a living act of protest against our collective insistence that everything should have a price-tag, and that everything should be devalued when that happens.
In a world where (I gather from Ursula Le Guinn) marketing departments at big publishing houses set the agenda for content, I’m proud to be part of a publishing house that has room for something as overtly un-commercial as a beautiful collection of Pagan Poetry, and that creates anthologies allowing less established authors a voice, an opportunity and an audience. I’ve loved being part of the Contemplative Druidry book too – many voices there, and another not so commercial venture. I am gladdened by the distribution of authoring authority in the Pagan community. Our non-paying magazines at least give voice to many people’s opinions and ideas. Our blogs are many and varied. I think there’s much to be proud of in the Pagan writing community, and plenty of reason to get involved.