Writer Woes

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?! 😉 

It’s always nice to have extra help when writing.. as I frequently do in my house. This time the help was of the fuzzy variety. Image


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About J.Peterson

By day, I'm a mom of two boys (three if you count my husband) and a childcare provider. My adventures in parenting and the real world are primarily what this blog is about. My alternate ego, the one who is in my book(s), is a scythe bearing, magnificent shoe wearing, Soul Harvester by the name of Genesis. Though she knows nothing about parenting, her sarcasm rivals even my own. If you enjoy my blog, check her out on Amazon under the title of Death Inc. The life and Times of a Soul Harvester. http://www.amazon.com/Death-Reaper-Harvester-Incorporated-ebook/dp/B0060ZO82K/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_77ZB

3 responses to “Writer Woes”

  1. bensbitterblog says :

    A couple of years ago I got invited to a writer’s group and I still have a hard time getting feedback without being defensive. It is hard, but at least I can just steal ideas from them.

    • J.Peterson says :

      lol… yes stealing ideas is why I don’t go to writers groups. I’m sure I have the best ideas in the world and someone is bound to want to use them before I can make them come to fruition. 😉 In all seriousness though, I don’t mind feedback, it’s just hard when it feels like the person didn’t even read the novel with attention to detail. It’s like, if you’re going to criticize something, can you at least make sure you did read it? I mean, when I go back and point out the entire 4 paragraphs which explained in detail what you said didn’t have any background, I find it hard to place much stock in the opinion.
      And then there are the times that people point out.. uh maybe you should’ve completed the sentence or you forgot a word. What do you mean? You’re not a mind reader? You didn’t realize that’s how I read that in my own head? Or maybe I just like to leave missing clues, you know, add mystery were it doesn’t really need to go. Again.. writer woes. 😉

      • bensbitterblog says :

        Yep. I am the opposite. I need a lot of help when it comes to the novel and I get so much feedback I don’t even know where to start. I am definitely a work in progress.

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