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Is it even worth it?

November 5, 2014 ThoughtsWriting  One comment

I am just now, a good year or so into my writing career, getting comfortable with the fact that I am, indeed, a writer. A year ago -- that dreaded time when you graduate from college and everyone expects you to like go off and cure cancer or be president or something equally great -- when asked what I was doing, would sheepishly look down, kick at the ground, and cough/mumble, "I'm writing a book."

I was embarrassed to say it because people didn't (and sometimes still don't) know how to react or were judgmental about it. Especially when they asked who I was published by (answer: self-published), where they could buy it (only on Amazon. Oh, not at Meijer? Or Barnes and Noble? Not even Target? They ask. And why not.), or if they might've heard of my book or maybe seen my name on a

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This is why I write

October 29, 2014 Writing  No comments

Being an artist has something to do with being brave enough to move toward what makes you come alive.Emily P Freeman

A love of writing stems from a love of reading. I love fiction. I love the tension and the angst. I love the boldness of feeling characters have. I love getting to experience a whole world separate from the reality I live in. I love how fiction makes sense of things and puts seemingly random events into order and context.

In the moment of writing, I absolutely love it. I love thinking about what's happening and what's going to happen next. I love planning out plots. I love laying awake at night trying to puzzle together the story. I love words and what happens when you string them together to paint a scene. I love the passion I have for my

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Culture of discontent and judgement

October 11, 2013 ThoughtsWriting  No comments

If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.Frank Zappa

 

Recently, I have been doing a lot of research on the publishing industry and just how difficult it is to break into the market and be successful (more on this coming up in my next post).

As I've said earlier, I've given myself a year to "figure out" -  to live in what it feels like to be a writer, without any obligations or pressure from myself (it's funny how I think this is actually possible). In concert with last week's post about other career choices, and thinking about the future, I have to stop and ask myself: is how my life is right now

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