Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saturday So What: Working rant

This is rant. You have been warned.

So I was talking to someone today, and after I told them what I do (writing) their reaction was as follows:
That must be nice not to have a real job. At the end of the day, I am just exhausted. Maybe I should be a writer. After all, how hard can it be to sit at a computer telling stories all day.

I believe I showed great restraint, because that person is still alive.

I'm sure I don't have to tell you, WRITING IS HARD WORK!!!

Sitting for hours at a time, exercising the most important muscle - the brain- is freaking exhausting. I am in a cycle where I'm writing, revising, writing, revising, making one clean chapter per day.  After about 6 hours, I can't even remember my name. Usually, I think it's Scarlet, my character.

I have panic attacks when I realize the gravity of how big the story is that I am telling. How many little emotional nuances need to be shown, rather than told. Pacing, formatting, structure, voicing, character depth. I personally think the fact that we can create worlds that draw people in is a miracle in itself.

We work our butts off, try to keep our houses from burning down around our ears, and make less per hour of labor than a McJob. Without the benefit of discounts on Big Macs.

So here's to you, fellow writers. I appreciate you. When I am sick of being in my own head, I appreciate the public service you perform by letting me into yours for a little while.

The next time someone questions the cleanliness of my household, because "Hey, I'm a stay at home writer, I should have time," I cannot guarantee that person will survive when they are written into my book.


  1. I thought about you today as I got my first finisher's medal for a half marathon. I did not worry at all about comparing myself to other runners - I just wanted to finish something that had been a goal of mine for six years. Your hard work in writing helped my mental game in my run. Thank you for your work, even though not everyone understands the labor behind your words.

    1. Thank you so much Katie! I am so proud of you for your finishers medal. You rock. And you are why I do this. Thanks for reminding me



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