HERE over on Louise Wise's blog titled 3 bad things about being a writer. I thought today about addressing a few of these points today made by Ken Meyers.
The first negative was about writing being Repetitive. Writing is
anything but repetitive. Yes certain parts like using proper grammar and
spelling, but that doesn't count. After thirty years of writing, I
haven't gotten bored by it yet so there is hope for all of you just
What's repetitive about writing is sitting in front of your monitor and keyboard day in and day out. Nine times out of ten you'd be doing that anyhow in games, getting your news fix, social media, or movies, right? Providing you had internet access, but if you don't then you wouldn't be reading this blog, would you? Nope.
Editing is the one thing about writing for publishing every writer does and dislikes if they have sense. Personally, I love tweaking but then I'm Abby Normal. When I get tired of tweaking the book either sits on my hard drive or in my file cabinet either resting until I want to do it or to die an aged death. Yes I have a few in the latter category.
Remember my first novel is sitting in a box under my bed...all 500 pages of it. May it never see the light of day again! It has yellowed with time and was typewritten. But I keep it as a reminder of how far I've come as an author. I even have the typewriter it was written with in my attic.
There is always something new you can learn about writing. New emotions, new story lines, new plot twists, and new characters that keep writing from being repetitive. Although I did know this doctor once who wrote XXX novels to help put himself through college. He wrote the same story each and every time. Different title, setting or location, different character attributes but the same story line for twenty books. If only writing true fiction could be so easy.
When I first started writing, I found the loneliness paramount. I was surrounded by reference material and screaming toddlers all day while I eked out minute by minute sitting at my dining room table, hen pecking out a manuscript. My only reprieve from the chaos of work and life was writing. In the year it took me to finish that first nonfiction, I thought there had to be a better way. I found it as my children became children. I started becoming proactive in my writing pursuits.
I celebrate the small stuff. But if you think of how much goes into a novel, it's no small feat. Yes, I know there will be long months of editing and rewriting ahead, but at this moment I'm celebrating completion. I don't want to be the writer that pens a book that doesn't leave me drained, do you?
So is my reasoning sound, or am I just being Abby Normal again?
Keep writing and loving the Lord.