Writing is one of the loneliest jobs that any can choose to have. I don't care if your PR PERSONALITY TEST says you are an introvert or extrovert. We spend countless hours. . .ALONE!
We do this because it takes hours upon hours honing our craft. No one can help you hone your craft but you, and in order to make it as a writer, you have to get better. The only way to get better is to write, write, write. Are we really ever seen without a pen/pencil, notebook, or laptop in our hands? RARELY....not even in our sleep! I keep my journal on my bedside table when sleeping because sometimes my characters start talking to me in the middle of the night. My dear husband has learned to accept all the people that share my head.
Writing can be a bitter/sweet job. We have our happiest moment when we write. We get to create the world of our dreams. Go places that we never knew we could go. Create characters that can do anything we want them to do. BUT writing can be so bitter. We get stuck. We sit in front of our computers for hours with nothing coming out. We try to make things fit into our story when they just aren't going to fit.
A lot of times we have to stop our REAL life for our writing. We have to pull ourselves away from our children, our wife, our husband, or our four legged creatures in order to get those words written on the page. We open our writing door to come out to go to the grocery only to get an idea in the cereal aisle and root for a pen in our purse to jot down notes on the Cheerio box you just pulled off the shelf. And you don't even eat Cheerios, but it was the closest tablet to write on when you got that amazing idea that couldn't wait or that you'd forget by the time you got to the end of the aisle.
When we've had enough of the negative, or the daily grind of regular life, we seek solstice at our writing desk. Or when we've fought with our muse, our characters, we will do housework, laundry, pick up dog poop, anything to get our hiney out of the chair.
Sometimes we just want to stop writing for a little while, but writing refuses to let us put it down.
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