Take This Job and Love It
Finish this sentence. The best thing about writing is …………
- Selling your book/story.
- Collecting royalties.
- Speaking at conferences.
- Signing books and meeting new readers.
- Seeing your name in the paper and in magazines.
I bet you can come up with a hundred more answers: Creating characters. Getting back at the villains in your life by killing them off in your stories. Lying. Telling the truth. Realizing dreams by rewriting your own stories.
All of the above are valid reasons, but for me the best thing about writing is getting to hang out with other writers. Let’s face it. Writing can be a lonely profession. You have to box yourself in a corner and write non-stop until your eyes cross and your butt numbs. I call it getting in the zone, but my husband calls it checking out, and he may be right. To create my stories I have to walk away from the laundry, the cooking, the housecleaning, my friends and family—the real world—and enter another dimension. And even though that is fun and exciting, it can also be lonely. Especially when I’m stuck or my characters refuse to do my bidding.
Writers by nature are curious and analytical. We like to take things apart. We like to put them back together again. We like to make things better and bring order to chaos. We can spend hours discussing plot lines, themes, story questions, or why something isn’t working. Hours that can drive non-writers batty. But we thrive on the confusion, the planning and the editing. Without it we’re lost.
And that’s why, for me, the best thing about writing is the wonderful writers I meet. People like me who struggle every day to tell their stories. Royalties are nice. Seeing my name on a book is thrilling. But my writing peers understand me. They challenge me, and make me a better writer.
What’s the best thing about writing for you?
BIO About Bonnie: Bonnie Dodge lives and writes from her home in southern Idaho. Her award-winning fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in several newspapers, magazines and anthologies in the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit her web page at http://bonniedodge.com and follow her on Twitter @BJDodge
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