Monday, August 19, 2013

Is being a writer worth it?

There are no stupid questions, but when someone asks me if being a writer is worth it...it gets under my skin. Ugh, ugh and UGH! I'm going to break this down into bullet points, because I like them and it might calm me down a little.

  1. A writer has no choice. Writing is about emotional release and vanity. Yes all writers ARE and MUST be VAIN. Editing a novel involves reading the same thing over and over again. If a writer doesn't love his/her work then they would never write. Holy crap paradox! 
  2. It's not nice to tear someone down even if they're asking for your advice. If you don't have an art form, I suggest you get one because it's great.
  3. Imagine you're dying of a rare disease and saying goodbye to all your family and friends. You love them right? Is doing something you love worth it??? Duh!
  4. Going back to number 1 again: When someone says, I've always wanted to give writing a book a try, it's BS. There is never any amount of try in writing.
  5. I'm getting off my soapbox with: Writers continue to write everyday even when they aren't involved with a book.  We have facebook comments and texts paragraphs long. Face to face we may hold back but on the Internet you can't shut us up. We are spacey and daydream because we are thinking about what we want to say next and if/why it's important. Taking my last line from the tv show Monk (Written by writers), it's a gift and a curse.

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