As all of you know, there are many types of writers in the world. There are writers, like me, who use their crazed imaginations to create fictional worlds with fictional characters in hopes of entertaining you, while communicating our innermost thoughts on different subjects in extremely subtle ways. But mostly it’s to entertain you.
And then there are the serious writers (not that we aren’t serious about what we do, they just write about serious topics. Not that we can’t write about serious topics, they just…well, I think you get where I’m going…maybe…) I’m talking about journalists–for the most part–which leads me to the point I wanted to make at the beginning of this post: what is currently happening in the Middle East and Africa.
I try to keep this blog lighthearted, if only because I think there is a lot of darkness and depressing stuff happening in the world already, and I–as a writer–really don’t want to add to that. It is my personal hope that my writing will entertain (and potentially briefly distract) from the crap that is happening in the world/your life for a tiny moment in time.
However, I just want to say that if you do not know what is happening currently in the world, I highly urge you to watch CNN or another network that provides world news coverage; read a newspaper, get yourself informed. Ignorance is nearly as bad as hate, and who knows, maybe the person with the best solutions doesn’t even know about the problem yet. Maybe that’s you.
So please, pay attention. Keep yourself informed. I can’t urge you enough.
The pros and cons of being a writer.
(P.S. there will be a YouTube video on this coming out in the near future). Yeah, no, that was a lie. Sorry, my bad! So… YouTube:not my thing.
Pro: My office is my laptop, so I can work wherever I want.
Con: Someone (a.k.a. a publishing company) actually has to want your novel before you can get paid. Oh… So I’m going to be poor forever? Great…
Pro: Technically, no one can ever tell me I’m doing my job wrong. It’s all made up in my head anyway.
Con: Agents can basically tell you you’re doing your job wrong. A.K.A. “This book is crap. Do it again.”
Pro: People just assume writers are eccentric, so pushing the crazy-boundary isn’t too difficult to do.
Con: Unfortunately, in general, no one takes writers seriously. For the most part, writing is a “past-time”, not a career. Although, thankfully, there have been many authors recently who have shown the world that this is not necessarily the case. But, of course, then people just assume it’s a fluke. So in the end, we’re back to no one taking writers seriously.
Pro: Writing is one of the few careers in which the people truly love what they do. Because it takes such dedication, those who don’t really love writing won’t do it. Thus, those who do write LOVE to write.
Con: I’m just going to say it. Grammar is hard. (Well, depending on what you want to write. But in a large draft, you may find more misuses of the words “there, their, and they’re” than you’d like to admit. Especially if you’re trying to finish a scene at two o’clock in the morning. It never ends well).
Pro: In my world, unicorns exist. So non-believers can suck it.
Con: The non-believers think I’m crazy, so…
Con: I’ll probably get carpal tunnel when I’m older due to an enormous amount of typing. It’s just one of those things… Or maybe not. Who knows with something like this. Anyway, I’m just saying it’s likely.
Con: Due to the nature of my work, my diet tends to be…not great. I eat whatever is most convenient while I’m trying to work, and that tends to be junk food. Plus my ‘thinking candy’ is Wonka Sprees (chewy or original, I’m not picky), and that’s just sugar coated in flavored sugar. Wonderful.
Pro: I can attempt to work off all of those gained calories on my treadmill in the privacy of my own basement. Where no one can see how embarrassingly out of shape I am. No, really, it’s humiliating.
Con: I don’t get out of my house often enough. I really should see my friends more. Or just other humans in general. No offense to my dog.
And, to end on a good note
(and to leave some points for the YouTube video–though that one will center, for a large part, around being an English major specifically–) Oh, look, more lies. I’m an awful human being. My apologies. Good thought, bad execution.
Pro: As a writer, there is an awesome network of loner-individuals just like myself who can relate to and share in the struggles of being a writer. Writing groups and circles, critique partners, fellow victims of writer’s block–they are everywhere, and for the most part, are always willing to share information, advice, and stories. It’s a great community to be in. And one that is never short of (don’t mind the pun) characters 🙂
See you in a few!