The other day while checking the
news facebook I saw a cartoon (check it out here) illustrating the many plights of an artist.Though this one was geared towards artists and not writers specifically, I did find that there were a number of truths which cross all the planes of artistic endeavors.
The first image illustrated how hard and nerve racking it is to share your work with someone one. I know that when I first let someone read my works (knowing it was mine) three years ago, I was extremely nervous. There is a lot that goes on in your mind and you hope that they do like it or at least appreciate the amount of work you have put into it. There is always a bit of your own soul in your work and to have someone say that they don’t like it or rip it to shreds is often difficult. It’s hard to remember it’s not you they specifically don’t like. (though I guess in some cases, this could be true too.) And it’s hard not to let the truly negative comments impact your desire to keep moving forward. But like the last illustration said, you have to go through a lot to get your work to the point you want it to be.
Another one of the illustration that I felt I could really identify with was the art of procrastination. I am the master procrastinator at times and facebook acts more like my crack dealer than a true friend. I’m sure if I didn’t have Internet, I would get a lot more writing done but then again, I wouldn’t be able to share all my pearls of wisdom with you all here in the blogsphere!
I also have a hard time explaining to someone what an unfinished work is about. It’s unfinished! Can’t they accept that sometimes my story takes me a different direction that I originally planned? I also can identify with the fact that I cannot stand when people read over my shoulder. It’s not like you’re going to understand the entirety of the plot in a 100,000+ word work by reading words 56,780-56,890.
Then there are the writers who you have to wonder, how in the heck did they ever get published? And oh.. the ones who say it “just happened overnight.” I’m sorry, I know I’m not the fastest typist in the world, but I’m quite certain no one ever wrote an entire best selling novel in one night. Seriously, stop trying to make it seem so easy. It’s not. Anyone who writes does know that so stop trying to make us feel bad.
These were just a few of the images I found myself chuckling at as I delayed meeting my word quota for the day. And no, the words I write for my blog don’t count. And yes, I’m procrastinating today as I’m writing this blog. I guess I better buckle down and get to writing if I ever plan on being one of the writers that people wonder, how in the heck did she ever get published?! 😉