I don’t know if its because I’m going stir crazy from not writing that much (I’ve flipped back to being an avid reader lately) or if turning the big 3-0 in exactly two weeks from today has finally sent me mentally over the edge. In all honesty, I’m excited. 🙂 New decade, new experiences, new life changes. And unfortunately, new life reality checks. So far, my theories of being a writer that ruled my 20’s have had some interesting and often unexpected turns. Since I’m coming to an end of an era, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far from being an indie author.
THE THEORIES OF BEING A WRITER
(As told through Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams’ gifs from the Sherlock Holmes movies)
Theory: “If someone criticizes my work, no big deal. Its just one person.”
Theory: “The story has to come naturally for me. I don’t like pushing my story lines or my characters, because often the story will become cliche and the characters will become too predictable.”
Theory: “Writing is easy.”
Theory: “I just sit at a computer or pull out my journal and write what I feel.”
Theory: “I tend to put my characters through things that a normal person probably couldn’t live through.”
Theory: “I like to write stories with a little mystery and suspense.”
Theory: “I’m open to suggestions when it comes to my writing. If people think a story should go a certain way or a scene should be altered or changed, then I’m happy to listen to their opinion.”
Theory: “Writer’s block sucks, but I try to accept it. Sometimes it can make the story better because it forces me to take a step back and analyze what I’ve done.”
Theory: “The publishing world has gotten easier with self-publishing. It’s just friendly competition now.”
Theory: “I don’t mind killing characters off. It’s just a character. And sometimes it makes the story more interesting and intense.”
Theory: “I know I’ll have to market my books eventually. But it shouldn’t be that hard.”
Theory: “I love getting reviews. I love to know what people think of my work.”
Theory: “I’m a writer. I know how to develop characters, create elaborate scenery, draft catchy plots, and wield fantasy into reality with the stroke of my keyboard and pen.”
And last but not least…
Theory: “No matter how battered and gritty and bloody and silly and ridiculously weird it all is, at the end of the day its just me and my characters building a story that needs to be told.”
So keep writing, my friends. You never know who may be falling in love with your stories.
13 thoughts on “The Theories of Being a Writer”
You captured what so many writers feel! Love this! Happy 30 soon!
Thank you so much!! 😀 And so glad you liked the post!
The Big 3-0 isn’t all that bad (If I can remember back that far), Wait until you hit the big 6-0. Actually, I’m going to hit the big 6-9 on June 24 and I’m all that happy about it. Oh well, age is just a number; tell that to my body, LOL Today’s our 38th wedding anniversary, too. When’s your B-Day? If it’s any consolation, I’ve been having a hard time writing too, and I’m not sure why, Probably just good old procrastination and A.D.D. Maybe we need a mid-summer NANOWRIMO challenge. Anyway, enjoy being young while you can, but remember your fans are (not so) patiently waiting for “Under a Melting Sun,” and I ain’t getting any younger. Happy 30th.
Aw that’s so awesome!! Happy early birthday, just in case I miss getting online to tell you on the official day. 😉 My birthday is officially tomorrow, and I’m trying to remain excited about it. It feels like I’m losing a part of my childhood all over again, except this time it’s the “young adult” version. I’m blaming that on why I’ve been having a hard time writing lately. I failed the Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but we should totally do the July one. 😀 Mainly so I can get this book off the ground for my favorite readers. 😉
I failed Camp NaNoWriMo in April too. Just remember these words of wisdom: You have to grow older, but you don’t have to grow up. July Camp NaNoWriMo sounds like a good idea.
I love those words of wisdom. 😀 And I’m already failing at July Camp NaNoWriMo lol! How are you doing? I may just have to gear up for the big November run. If I can pull this latest story together, I may be free to write a certain sequel during the real NaNoWriMo. 😀 Fingers crossed!
Absolutely loved this 🙂
And… ok, I’m not saying that, because wishes before birthday aren’t luck. But on that day, remember I’ll think of you.
Well, my ’30 sucked. I was so happy when I turned 40, really. But I’m sure your 30 will be fabulous!
Aw thank you so much!! 😀 And although your 30s sucked, at least 40 was amazing, which gives me more hope when I start getting closer to that age. 🙂 Hope all is well!
I loved this piece (A). You are a fabulous writer! Always remember your writing will be there when you are ready. Ps: I’m hanging out for book 2 of the Benighted 🙂
Thank you so much!! ❤ And yes, so am I. It's going to be a monster to write, but sooo worth it. 😀 Can't wait for your books to be out! I'm dying to read more about Christopher. ❤
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Happy Birthday!! 🙂
Loved the faces, can’t go wrong with these 🙂
Thank you girlie!! 😀 I totally agree. Can’t go wrong with Robert Downey Jr. 😉