A writer’s life

So, it’s December, which means it’s list season—in other words, the blog posts write themselves (I wish)!

Well, rather than look at the best-of-2012 lists (which would end up showcasing how few of the best-of-2102 I’ve actually read), I thought I’d share this little piece from Jason Pinter on the Huffington Post on the great and not-so-great aspects of being a writer. It’s all good fun, though I do find it a little disturbing that so many of the “great” things involve validation from other people—and that so many of the “not-so-great” are external as well. Do you find that to be the case, too? Are there any great/not-so-great things you would add to the list? I’d imagine writer’s block would fit in somewhere…

And for more good fun, DEFINITELY check out the bad book covers link he mentions!


5 Responses to A writer’s life

  1. Andrea says:

    If I ever manage to become a full-time writer, my favorite “thing” will be staying at home to write. I just love being home with the cats and write or read. The quiet life. I did this during my two-month summer holiday this year and it was fantastic. The not-so-great thing about it would be isolation… I do need to go out and meet people, otherwise I’ll drown in my own thoughts and go crazy.

    I wouldn’t be bothered by hatemail. If people make the effort to find my e-mail address or send a letter to my (hypothetical) publisher, then apparently I’ve hit a nerve with my writing. And that’s the whole point of it. The best thing of course is when people love your book, but I’d much rather they hate it than not react at all. And crazy people… well, I’m a teacher, so I’m used to craziness. As long as I wouldn’t need a restraining order, I’d be fine.

    As for writer’s block, I don’t really believe in that. The years before I started writing seriously, I didn’t write because I didn’t have anything to say. Now I believe I do, but when I get stuck with a story, or don’t know how to begin one, it’s because I’m too tired to think or too lazy to actually work on it. My “cure” for writer’s block is to make myself write. But this is a bit off-topic…

    • D.C. DaCosta says:

      Love these comments. I agree completely.

      The greatest moment: when (very critical) relatives spent not one but three consecutive family dinners discussing my first book in great detail, picking it apart, dissecting the characters — and claiming not to like any of it. Why was this the greatest moment? Because, in spite of their claims and in spite of my having had no role in raising the topic, THEY WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT. It had grabbed their interest, sucked them into the little world I had created, and intrigued them to the extent that they didn’t mind if their supper grew cold while they debated the hero’s character and motivation. THEY WERE INTERESTED.

      The not so great moment: re-reading a draft you’ve put away for a while while working on something else and thinking, “Dang, I can do a LOT better than that!”

      Re: writer’s block. Ain’t no such thing. There’s just laziness.

  2. Siri Kirpal Kaur Khalsa says:

    The thing I love most about writing–and I’m surprised it didn’t make that blog list–is the sheer joy I feel when I’m writing or even about to sit down to write. The flip side is when I stare at the page for 20 minutes wondering how to phrase the next sentence.

    One thing I don’t like is non-writers making “great” suggestions for how to get published: things that usually include vanity presses or their own latest how-to-sell products. (Just got a call on one of those before typing this.)

  3. Kellie Lovegrove says:

    I can’t really disagree with anything on the list, mostly because I am unpublished. But I will say that I was disappointed that only a few of the Greats and Not So Greats didn’t address situations prior to being published.

    Personally, the greatest moment being a writer has given me was when I hit that final period on the first draft of my manuscript. I was elated! I seriously jumped up and down around my living room for like five minutes, then had to convince my husband I had not lost my mind. I even called my mom and a couple of friends. I don’t think there will ever be anything that could compare to it.

    On the other side, the Not So Great is realizing there are many, many revisions to come (is there such a thing as too many revisions?).

    Another Not So Great is the fact that I have to work a job that actually pays then try to write in the little spare time I have. There have been many early mornings (1 or 2 am after getting home from work at 9 pm) that I hear the bedroom door open, footsteps coming down the hallway, and my husband asking if I’m coming to bed as I frantically try to type out “just one more scene” before I forget what happens.

    But I will say the development of my love of coffee is a plus. Though some would say I am a coffee snob now, compared to the “just any old cup of coffee will do” drinker I used to be.

    On a side note, the books covers were hilarious. I personally like the ninja one.

    • Kellie Lovegrove says:

      Stupid typos, I meant to say I was disappointed that only a few of the Greats and Not So Greats did address situations prior to being published. Oops, my bad. :)

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