Ten Things I Think About Writing and Being a Writer After Writing and Publishing for a Year That I Might Not Think A Year From Now

6 Jun

1. Trying to “be a writer” is a silly waste of time. However, sitting down and writing something, anything — is always rewarding in one way or another.

2. Writing stories and novels with the intention of making a living “as a writer” seems like a complete dead end — only a very few make enough money to really support an adult human. I don’t include journalists, advertising copy writers, public relations people, and writers of movies and TV in that category — those are actual jobs in which talented writers can earn a good living.

3. Whining about number 2 above is annoying and a silly waste of time.

4. If you want to write good, original fiction — sit down and do it. Read a lot, write a lot, show your work  to honest people whose opinions you trust and repeat this again and again.

5. A job is a good thing for a writer. Any job — doesn’t matter. Employment brings a person out of their comfort zone and into the world of all the other real actual humans and is a source of great material. Plus, if you have a job, you don’t have to whine about number 2 above — because you’ve solved the making a living problem.

6. Being able to write good fiction is no big deal. It doesn’t make you special and it shouldn’t require great emotional pain and/or trauma before, during and after.

7. Being able to write good fiction is a huge deal. It shows that you have put your ass in the chair and faced the blank screen/page and wrote until that ass fell off in spite of all your doubts, fears, hopes, dreams, and bad decisions. It shows that you opened yourself up to a big empty mystery and from that created something brand new and alive.

8. The great joy of writing is having readers. One, two, three — or thousands or millions. Readers who touch your writing with their eyes and brains and are swept away by the living, breathing thing you created.

9. Just because you sit down and write your ass off it doesn’t mean what you write will be any good and that anyone will want to read your shit. Sorry. At least you have a job.

10. Reading is fucking fun and keeps getting more enjoyable the more I write.

One Response to “Ten Things I Think About Writing and Being a Writer After Writing and Publishing for a Year That I Might Not Think A Year From Now”

  1. Julie Kazimer June 6, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    A real job…that is it. I knew I was missing something. Great advice, especially about good writing not a guarantee.

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