Writing for Money and Love
For the past few years I’ve paid the bills primarily by working as a technical writer and software business analyst. The work can be interesting, but I’m coming around to the idea that I can write fiction as an avocation without the goal that it become my vocation. In the past the reality that few people make a living as novelists made a career as a novelist a remote possibility. Lately I’ve reconciled to the high probability that I will never earn a living as a novelist. Now I believe that I should simply write because I want to write, without the expectation that anyone will read my writing or that anyone would pay me to write fiction.
Does Narcissism Lead to Fraud?
In the 1980s the collapses of the savings & loan industry and the junk-bond market rocked the US economy. Fraud appeared to be ingrained in American financial markets and institutions. The people who led them appeared to believe that playing by the rules limited their ability to innovate and succeed. What was interesting about the financial operators who took thousands of dollars from tens of thousands of investors, rather than the con men who took tens of thousands of dollars from a handful of suckers, was their deluded self-confidence in their schemes. These leaders of American capitalism (for example, Charles Keating and Mike Milken) thought of themselves as businesses innovators hampered by obsolete laws, old-fashioned regulations, and implemented by stupid bureaucrats. From their perspective, what they did was not illegal, the law was flawed.
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