Keep calm is right. 😀 I was challenged by the lovely Sarah from The Old Shelter to take the Love/Hate Challenge, so here are my 10 loves and hates of being a writer. 😉
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LOVE: To be honest, when people ask what I do, I like to say that I’m a writer. Especially when their faces fall into shock when I say that my books are on Amazon. Apparently I don’t bring my published face out in public too often. 😛
HATE: When after I say I’m a writer, that one person says, “Oh I don’t read.”
LOVE: Let’s be honest: as a writer, death is something that can’t always be avoided. Often its necessary. It can add depth and drama to a story, and sometimes you just gotta take one for the team and put the little sucker out of its misery.
HATE: When you start to feel for that character but you gotta keep your feelings in check because no one understands that shit when you display it in public.
LOVE: When you have writer friends and you can talk about writing openly and freely without being judged.
HATE: When one of them busts out with “Oh, I’m taking a break from writing.”
LOVE: Having people read and edit my story. Sometimes other people have to keep you in check and remind you of what you were doing when you decided to go off on that tangent with the secondary character. Sometimes they give good advice that leads you to new ideas.
HATE: Sometimes they miss the point by a mile.
LOVE: When people say they read my book, or that they just support in general. Even though its good to always be your own cheerleader, having that extra support team is truly appreciative.
HATE: Until one of them calls it a “hobby” and “you have a real job, right?”
LOVE: Meeting new writers.
HATE: When one of them says “I’m a writer, but I just don’t have time cause I’m too busy.”
LOVE: Being able to research online. Although libraries, museums, and other places of interest are always helpful, nothing can really beat the luxury of the world wide web.
HATE: “You research online? Be careful of copyright laws. Do you have an attorney available?”
LOVE: Reading reviews, and not just for my book. There are some brilliant writers out there, and its awesome to see readers following them in pursuit.
HATE: When people drink the Haterade and post bad reviews with no real explanation.
LOVE: Although its more of a love-hate relationship, I’m really glad that I chose Psychology as my major. Its probably the only thing I’ve been able to successfully apply to my stories, as subtly as possible. 😉
HATE: “Oh you’re a writer? So you must have a Bachelors in English then.”
LOVE: Hearing how other people find their inspirations to write. Some people out there get the best ideas in some crazy ways. 🙂
HATE: “I’m thinking about writing about my life, but I just don’t have the time…”
End of challenge. 😉