On Writing

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Several months ago, I left academia to write full time.  I like many, decided the great American novel was burgeoning inside of my soul and I needed to write it. I padded my savings, cut out the frills and reduced my weekly lunch with the girls to once a month.  I can still do the $5 special at the Mexican joint with $20 worth of margaritas to wash that salty crap down, but I had to approach my life differently. I had to think differently.  I had to choose my words differently.  In the process, I have learned a few things that I was thinking I needed to share.

1011740_607329592635009_2048939055_nThe people inside my head aren’t real people.  Although, I have created these worlds where he has the right answer to all of her questions; that thar fella is not a real boy. Therefore, I cannot marry him and have his babies. Disappointment averted, I move on to my next life nugget.

Although your friends and family can get on your nerves, if you kill them off in a story, have the decency to change their names. On the rare chance that former friend who ran off with your boyfriend, who in Chapter 3, is suffering from an unusual and painful venereal disease, just may read your novel, change the name.

It also becomes obvious when you are watching television and you see things in the story line that aren’t true, you feel it necessary to voice your opinion. Please stop.  Send a tweet to the network and move on about your life.  If you are a true advocate, GetGlue, watch the show with a million other people, and chat about the discrepancies. Now, make a note in your journal, that tidbit, will work well to help the sexy detective in love with the heroine solve the puzzle.

And last but not least, writer’s block.  If you have hit the wall, it is your brain telling you that something is illogical and it is not working.  My answer to this is Catfish the Show.  You can’t make that shit up. In every show, there is a character, crying out for help and to be loved.  One of those people should loosen the grey matter and make something flow, if not, just the ludicrousness of their thought process, should stimulate yours.

Last but not least, go with your instinct.  What you know, feel and believe is what really matters.  In the end, if you stay true to yourself, it all pans out.   I
did, and lookee here.  And yes, I am in love with that fella.


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2 thoughts on “On Writing

    pamelamorrisbooks said:
    July 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This made me laugh, especially the bit about bumping off former friends. Yeah. I’ve made sure to changed the names – several times.

    Victoria Grefer said:
    July 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I have recently left academia as well….. four years into a very dysfunctional doctoral program that I just couldn’t take anymore. I’m looking for full-time work while I blog and write and praying I find something soon. It helps to see I’m not the only one moving on and trying new things 🙂 best of luck to you writing your novel!! I love this post…. I’ve found all those things myself, except for Catfish as medication for Writer’s block 🙂

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