You Might Be A Writer If ...
|View of sunrise from my hotel room at SCWW conference|
Conferences give writers the chance to rub elbows with the powerful in the publishing world--agents, editors, and published authors. We pitch our work and commiserate with other would-be published authors while learning more about the craft and industry.
This year's keynote speaker, Joshilyn Jackson, shared her circuitous, and humorous, route to publication with us on Saturday night.
She reminded us that only crazy people try to write. Why? Well, if you're a writer, you:
- Spend most of your day alone, typing (or staring) at a keyboard
- Examine mundane objects trying to create a new and exciting way to describe them
- Venture out in public to analyze the behavior of normal people (you do this everywhere you go, actually)
- Wake up in the middle of the night with the most amazing prose running through your brain
- Get up and write down those musings in the middle of the night or pray that you'll remember them by morning
- Do not remember those musings by morning, of course, because you're awake
- Live in an imaginary world where everyone behaves as you expect them to ... well, sort of
- Love your characters more when they do something you didn't expect and hijack your story for a while (see point above)
- Wonder what other people do with all the free time they must have
- Try not to act like a crazy person when you finally get to talk to an agent about your work
- Read books noticing all of the mistakes in point of view and adverb over usage, wondering why that author got published anyway
What makes you a writer? Or if you're normal, what makes you what you are?
My characters are real to me. When I'm writing regularly, the world seems a little distant. I'm not totally in it. I spend the day immersed within the story, and at the end of the day come out of the office blinking and a bit dazed, as if I'd just climbed out of a cave. Takes me a little while to come back.
Isn't that normal?
Little did I know that I had created a bunch of rogues. Those thieves stole my story line, changed their ways and even had the audacity to add people for which I had never planned. THEY HAD BECOME REAL!!! I never knew what they were going to do next, but I could hardly wait to sit down and start typing to find out. What fun! No, it was never published. Maybe if they had just followed my plan. On the other hand, it was more exciting doing it their way.