Monday, March 16, 2009

10 Reasons Why I’ll Always be a Writer

10. It makes it okay to have voices in my head. :D Yeah, I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. We writers like it, mainly because it’s true. We take our characters with us wherever we go. We mull them over in our minds while we shop, run errands, cook, clean, etc.

9. It’s very therapeutic to me. When life gives me crap, I can take it out on my characters. Not saying that I’m not crabby sometimes, I am, I admit it. But, if I’m in a bad mood, as long as I’m left alone to my writing, only my characters need to suffer. :D

8. The hours are great! That is, if you are lucky enough to make your living as an author. Now, I can’t speak for everyone. This is just for me, but I can write when I want to and not write when I don’t feel like it. If I have a migraine one day, I can take the day off and not have to worry about it. I can make up the lost time another day.

7. It’s something ingrained in me. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. Not just stories, but I’ve written poems and non-fiction, as well. When I was in grade school, I can remember writing small articles for the local newspaper at the request of my teacher and principal. They weren’t much, just little paragraph or two articles about what was happening in our small school. There were other things as well. We had a small newspaper (if you can call it that) that one of the teachers had us write stories, poems, or whatever we felt like. I really enjoyed doing this. In high school, there were more opportunities for writing. I took creative writing classes, and absolutely loved them. I was also on the yearbook staff. That was a blast!! Anyway, the point it, I’ve always written, and I always will.

6. I don’t have to get dressed. I can even stay in bed, if I want to. Just pull out the old laptop and type away. Pajamas are the most comfortable uniform ever!

5. I’m not stuck in a cubicle. I can write anywhere, anytime. I can write at home, in bed, at the park, in my car, at Starbucks, etc, etc, etc. You get the idea. Scenery change is nice, not just in books!

4. It’s my excuse to be on Romance Divas practically 24 hours a day. LOL, well okay, I do sleep sometimes. And work pulls me away, but I do spend an awful lot of time there. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.

3. I meet a lot of great friends. I’ve made a ton of friends online in various writing groups, social networking sites, and just all over the net. Lots of readers and writers! It’s so great getting to know people from all over the world. I love it!

2. I can’t not write. I’ve done it, for long periods of time, but I always come back to it. No matter what happens, I can never give it up completely. Life always manages to get in the way and stops my writing in its tracks, but regardless, I always return to it. Hopefully, I’ll never have to go through the not writing phase again, but that’s just a pipe dream. Even if it’s just for a few weeks or months, we all have spells of not writing. I just try to read more or work on editing, if I can during those “off times”.

1. I get to kill people (and it’s legal)!! Come on, you know you’d like that, too. We all get aggravated at people, nothing new there. But, sometimes we get so angry, we want to strangle someone. Well, I can. I can turn them into a character and do it, fictionally, of course. Now, I’m not saying I’d use someone I know in a book and kill them off (not saying I wouldn’t either), but it makes you feel better even if it’s just for yourself. Word of caution, if you are going to use them in your book, make sure you make them unrecognizable. Don’t want to be getting sued by someone who recognizes themselves as your victim.


MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott/Kate Davison said...

I am so using number one this week. My characters had better watch their backs. They're going down!!!


Mark Alders said...

A great top 10. Agree with all of them. Talking to ones self or scribbling down random notes is also acceptable when you're a writer :-)

Sierra Wolfe said...

LOL, Kat! You get 'em!

Good one, Mark. That should go on the list, too.

Thanks for the comments.

Keep 'em coming, we'll make a top 100! LOL.

Nancy J. Parra said...

Great post- I completely agree. Thanks for the smile.

Gracen Miller said...

I so loved your post today, Sierra. lol I'm not discussing #10 because my muse and I are in a bit of a tiff. She won't shut up for five minutes of peace. *gasps* Did I actually say this? *sighs* Yes, I did. No peace, not even at one in the morning. I can't sleep, I can't carry on a decent conversation with my family without carrying on a dual convo with the muse. I suck at multi-tasking and this is so much worse. Who knows what I'm agreeing to, but I'm sure my boys will remind me at the most inopportune time. ;-)

I nodded my head through all of your points, totally agreeing with them all. But Number 1 had me giggling. I loved it!

Awesome, blog today, Sierra! Such a fun read.

Sierra Wolfe said...

Thanks Nancy and Gracen! I'm glad I could bring you a smile. Thanks for commenting!

Tierney O'Malley said...

Cool Sierra! I enjoyed reading your post. I like number one. :D I killed someone in my last book. And I'm still free!!!


Minx Malone said...

Ha, I like #10 personally. Nothing like hearing your characters talk to you!


Sierra Wolfe said...

LOL Tierney! It is fun, isn't it!

I agree Minx. We definitely want them talking to us, or we're in trouble!

Thanks for the comments!

Debra Kayn said...

I can so relate to each and everyone of these. It's a great profession. And, yes...I typed this wearing my pj's, lol.

Sierra Wolfe said...

Good for you, Debra! Thanks for the comment!

Carrie said...

Hi Sierra,

I really liked this post! I definitely can agree with all of them! I finally found where I belong!

I was sorry to see you and Tierney leave the DV, but I am so glad that you two found such a fun site!

I'm a bit excited, can't you tell.

Carrie from Wisconsin

Sierra Wolfe said...

Thanks Carrie! I'm so glad you found us, too. I'm thrilled you like our blog. Hope to see you here frequently. :D

Thanks for the comment!

Carrie said...

Hi Sierra,

I plan on checking in regularly to see what new insights everyone has!

Carrie from Wisconsin

Sierra Wolfe said...

Yay!! Happy dance! :D

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