Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Worst Part of Writing Is...

I don't think anybody has ever really asked me what I like and don't like about writing, so here's my "con" list about it, because, y'know, I like to interview myself when I'm bored.
From the Commitments... Excellent movie with an even better soundtrack!
Q: So, Eleni, tell me what are the worst things about writing?
A: Funny that you asked! I'd love to put all my insecurities out there for the world to know! Sure, I'll tell you all the things that make me insecure and drive me nuts about writing!
  • The muses speak when they want to.
  • The idea in your head is a wonderful, beautiful thing, but when you get it on paper... blah.
  • The amount of time you spend working on a piece that gets published and the amount you get paid usually ends up at only pennies per hour.
  • If you want to get rich, don't look to get rich by writing. Don't write for the money. Write for yourself, your legacy, your ideas.
  • Sometimes, writing is something you need to do and get done, but real life often interrupts until you have time to write and then... nothing.
  • Writer's butt. Need I say more?
  • Plotting scenes and dialogue out in your head in public and then you realize, you're talking to yourself... oops, am I the only one that does that?
  • Research. Otherwise, you spend all this time writing on a subject and you've gotten a fatal detail wrong... argh. It's all garbage, then.
  • Grammar. I know, I know! I should know it, but I still doubt myself all the friggin' time!
  • Commas. I hate it when people tell me, "put a comma in where you'd naturally pause when speaking". This messes me up horribly because this is NOT a good rule, "put a comma where ever you'd like." I'm the Queen of Comma Splices. If you ask me where a comma goes and it's not an Oxford Comma you'll probably find me curled up in the corner in the fetal position, sucking my thumb.
  • Possessives. I know really intelligent people who say, "Update from the Gordons's."I start to doubt my own knowledge of plural possessives and I drive myself insane.
  • The cost of quality editors.
  • Marketing-- that's terrifying to me!
  • Promotion-- I can't promote myself worth a flip! I get so scared of asking people for favors, I psyche myself out!
  • Querying. Hashtag I hate querying. It's like going through Sorority Recruitment all over again. Will I get a bid? ::sobs::

    And my biggest one...
  • That people will laugh at what I've written.
UPDATE! I found this from a friend on Facebook today!

So, this short list is only the beginning of my fears as a writer. What are yours?

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