Today I want to explain why I write about being lo-fi writer. It’s not complicated, and it should be obvious. I do it for the same reasons I write about being a minimalist; people have misconceptions about what it is, and why I do it. Some reasons parallel my motivation for writing about being a spoonie; there is a stigma, and the only way to break it is to stand up and try to educate people.
Look, I get crap from all sides. There are people that don’t think being professional creative is a “real job”. Short of making the New York Times best seller list, they won’t ever take what I do seriously. How much money I make isn’t ever an issue; it’s how I make my money that they have a problem with.
Other Peoples’ Standards
There are also people that assume that if my work had value, I’d be signed with an agent and a traditional publishing house. You know, the same publishers that are going under right now, because all of the bookstores are closed, and the printers are shut down, and the whole supply chain is dead in the water because of COVID-19. I’m grateful that I’m still working, and I’m still getting paid. Go ebooks!
There are small publishers that don’t think I’m doing it right. Those are the people that operate at a loss, because they’re trying to follow the same business models as the big publishers. They don’t have the scale of operations of sales to make that work, but more power to them. I’ll be wrong and pay the rent.
The whole contingent of “art for art’s sake” people hate me because I have a profit motive. This includes both consumers who believe in the starving artist trope, and creators who feel that money taints their artistic integrity. Making what I want to make, the way I want to make it, but within the context of what will earn me money, is too much of a compromise for them.
Do Your Thing
The only people whose opinions matter to me are my readers. They’re the ones keeping my alive by buying my work. This is the thing about the back-seat drivers and self-appointed culture critics: almost none of them have read any of my books. Not the “real job” people, nor the “tradpub” wonks, nor the “art is suffering” ding-a-lings. They keep trying to give me directions to a place they’ve never been.
Why I Write About Being a Lo-Fi Writer
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About Berin Kinsman
Berin Kinsman is a writer, simple living minimalist, and spoonie. By day he works as the owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.