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#IWSG December–What’s being a writer feel like?

This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question — How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

For me, because I’m there–living my dream–it feels like I’m running out of time. I waited to write for that perfect time–kids are out of the house, I work my ‘real’ job from my house and on my own schedule, I sell enough books to cover expenses–but my ideas threaten to outpace the time I have left. I can’t seem to write more than a book a year and there just aren’t that many years before I forget the login for my computer, spend more time searching for words I used to know than storytelling, and need a nap every few hours rather than writing nonstop from 9 am – 7 pm (well, a few breaks, food, drinks, pet the dog).

So, it feels good but stressful. I never would have guessed that. But what have I learned? There are a few tricks to being a writer. How about…

7 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can (or Wants to)

                • Create new words
                • Stare at people with impunity
                • Be quirky and call it cute
                • Talk to people who aren’t there

Tricks to Being a Writer (humorous)

                • HODL.
                • Writing is like a race car with blinkers…
                • When coloring between the lines doesn’t work, try a bigger paintbrush.
                • Sit in a hard chair and reflect
                • Don your body armor.

I’ll be by to check how you answered this question.

#iwsg #amwriting

@TheIWSG

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Winter 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

78 thoughts on “#IWSG December–What’s being a writer feel like?

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  2. Entertaining, Jacqui – and mind-provoking. Most of my made-up words are brain-errors. My neurological condition creates some weird ones inside and when my co-ordination goes. Sarcatic – inspired by another blogger’s cat, Simon. I also use/create ‘kennings’ in some shorts – my next WEP post has some.

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  3. I’m sure writing will keep that memory sharp and those word-finding brain cells working well into the future…at least that’s what I’m counting on, hehe.

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  4. I’m just starting out on the path towards a career in writing and loved this post! Talk to people who aren’t there and stare at others with impunity made me laugh in a queue at the bus stop.

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  5. I can completely relate, Jacqui. I too waited until the kids were out of the house, etc. and so I feel like there just isn’t enough time to get all the stories out of my head. And though I love writing, there are other things I want to do too before kicking the bucket. *Sigh*. Until then, Happy Writing!

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  6. When we were kids, my younger sister and I made up our own coded language . . . my Mom never caught on to what it meant. LOL! I hear you about the time it takes to write and the feeling of wanting to do more. All the best!

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  7. I also have that feeling of “time is running out”! But I am living the dream. I have the means to write at my pleasure –the only pressure is my own to “produce.” I’ve decided to focus a bit more on the joy of my journey, rather than constantly compare myself to those who are further along in their own journeys.

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  8. Haha! I love this! I stare. I talk to non existent people all the time, so deep in my thoughts. Every one who catches me asks that same question with irritation, “what are you looking at?” I have no answer most days lol

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  9. I can be who I like, in any time I choose, in any location I know or have researched. and be as nice or as nasty as I want to achieve a satisfactory ending. On a wet, windy day, which are plentiful, it is wonderful to be a writer and to be able to step outside your own life for a time and experience the different sides to your own character…some might call that crazy. And do I care. .not a hoot. As to my future self, more of the same thing please.

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  10. Haha, I talk to people who aren’t there all the time. My kids think it’s a quirk for being blind. I don’t correct them. And you never know, you may find you have plenty of time to write all the stories you want to write yet.

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  11. I do understand the time factor in this writing business. I’m already at the “what word did I want to use here?” stage, so I totally empathize with that. I do talk to people who aren’t in the room, and I like to think of it as “testing dialog.” Of course, that’s not true, but it makes me feel better.

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  12. I’m older than you and worry about running out of time too. It’s hard to squeeze in time to write with working and other obligations but I’m trying to be better.

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  13. Hi Jacqui – I’ve never made words up … but I’ll just keep on writing – as long as there’s a computer and a blog post to come I’ll be happy … your novels are quite extraordinary leaps of brain think – I admire the research you do … Annika says it well … the maelstrom of being a writer. Cheers Hilary

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      • My brain can do enough things already … and I’m sure words come out that aren’t right: that’s enough!!!! Brain overload … maelstrom is a great word as are many others. We even had a pinch of frost down here last night – very unusual by the sea-side … still red morning sky heralds the rain that’s back on its way … it’ll be warmer – but here it’s not bad weatherwise. Take care … xo

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  14. Jacqui,I’ve been making up words since I was little, and to the extent I was convinced they were the real thing and many of my friends started to use them too! Being a writer is a maelstrom of emotion, joy, terror, excitement, nerves … I reckon this whirlpool of feelings keeps us on our toes, never letting our writing become stale or boring! 😀

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