Writing

Advantages Of Being A Writer

I figured it would make sense to do a follow-up post on the advantages of being a writer since yesterday I did the opposite:

Disadvantages Of Being A Writer

Are you ready to see the light at the end of the tunnel? The wonderful feeling of joy that writing can bring is great and all but there are other perks that come with pursuing this craft.Writing Anywhere and Everywhere

  1. You can work where ever, whenever, and however the heck you feel like it. You’re a morning person? Great. You’re a night owl? Awesome. It doesn’t matter what time of day you are at your best, you decide when you write so why not choose your peak hours? Not many other jobs offer this kind of flexibility so take advantage of that. You could work at home, on the beach, in a coffee shop…really the possibilities are endless. How you write is entirely up to you too. You can outline. You can choose not to outline. You can write the ending first. You could even write the last sentence first. Best of all, these decisions are made by no one else other than you.
  2. Writers develop strange habits that only other writers know about. Hehehehehe. Hahahahaha. Don’t ask. If you are a writer, you already know what I mean.
  3. When working, you can literally wear nothing and that’s okay. Could you do that if you were working at a law firm? I didn’t think so.
  4. There’s a slight possibility you will leave a legacy behind even after you pass away. Remember that famous quote from Benjamin Franklin that went something like if you don’t want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead, write something worth reading or do something worth writing? So what are you waiting for? Pick up the pen and write something worthy of leaving a legacy behind. Few other professions have such a power.
  5. Imagine reaching, connecting, and talking to people across the world. It is possible. Influencing people nowadays is much easier with the advance of technology and communication means. See, even the world is on the writer’s side.   
  6. What could be better than expressing yourself without being subjected to judgment? A creative outlet for self-expression and creativity is therapeutic. And if you choose to, you don’t have to show your writing to anybody. Avoiding painful torment is always a plus.Therapeutic Writing

Are these perks enough to keep you going? To keep you from quitting or possibly giving up on writing? It does get better. The more you do it. Remember it gets worse before it gets better. And if you give up when everything seems to go wrong you’ll miss out on the day things actually come together perfectly.

Writing

Disadvantages Of Being A Writer

With every venture, endevaour, or dream one embarks on…lies a harsh reality one must face someday.

Today, Aspirignwriter22 aspires to bring you the DISADVANTAGES of being a writer, sadly.

Yes, writing is a great hobby and passion for many. Please do not allow me to discourage you from doing what you love to do. That is not my intention nor is it the point of this article. I merely want to inform you, whether you are a writer or not, about 6 unfortunate consequences or problems writers eventually confront head on.

With every choice comes multiple disadvantages, drawbacks, difficulties…

On a more positive note:

Advantages Of Being A Writer

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  1. Writers don’t get holidays. That’s right. They write every day. Well, the ones who want it badly enough, do.
  2. They don’t have many friends. Hey it is true, writers spend most of their time at home…not outside partying.
  3. Completing a writing project takes time. Try writing a novel in 5 minutes or even 5 days. You can’t do it.Time On The Clock
  4. You don’t get paid enough for it. If you are on of those writers that can make a living out of it, congratulations. As for the rest of us…keep your day job and keep on writing.
  5. Ahem, the writing industry is a battlefield and you are a lone soldier on it. The competition is out of this world. In most cases, every writer out there wants the same thing you want: publication, royalties, status, etc.
  6. The oh-so-common-mostly-bitter-rejection-slip. Enough said.

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Personal Reflection · Writing

Thank You Tuesdays and 6 Factors I Take Into Consideration Before Entering Writing Contests

Today being Tuesday I thought it would be nice to give back and say thank you to someone. Fear not, I will also include some information about writing contests!

On to the first part of this post: the thank you note. I doubt I will ever have the guts to say this to you in person and even if I did I would say it ever so meekly/quietly/awkwardly so I will say it here loud and proud.

You are free to skip to the writing contest part if you would like.

For privacy reasons I will be extra clandestine and discreet in this letter. Therefore I will only mention the first initial of said person. I cannot include everything I would like to say in three paragraphs so forgive me as I will try to do my best.

Thank You Letter

Dear A:

Thank you for what we had and shared. I would trade nothing away. You made me value the people in my life more than ever before. You taught me that every second with someone counts because you never know how long they will live or how long the relationship will last. As a matter of fact you might know that feeling better than I do.

Maybe what you said a while back was true, you’ll never know for sure unless you ask. Being the narrow-minded person I am I think I never truly accepted your point of view resulting in the burning of one unfortunate bridge.

I hope you understand there are no hard feelings, no bitterness, no resentment, and absolutely no grudges on my side. I also must express gratitude towards you because you made me work harder, made me value every little thing because I worked for it. Although, we do not see eye to eye on many issues, I do appreciate you. You deserve to know that.

Sincerely,

An old friend of yours.

Writing Contest Information

Recently or shall I say yesterday, I was browsing through some writing contests. I realized I am one picky person when it comes to what contests I look at, much less decide to enter. Would you like to know what factors I consider before I enter any contests? Well, that’s what part two of this post is all about anyway.

Six Factors I Take Into Consideration Before Entering Writing Contests

  • Most important of all: Is the sponsor or organization reputable? Or is it merely a scam for my money? I would never enter if anything seemed off or the least bit shady. That’s a waste of my money and time.
  • Is the contest geared towards my level of expertise? Or is it open to practically everybody?
  • Does my interest and style coincide with the one in the competition? I would never enter a science fiction contest because it’s a style I am rather uncomfortable with as I do not read or write science fiction stories regularly. I would be better suited entering a genre or style I know inside out.
  • Is the contest going to be judged fairly? Surely, I want to win based on the merit of my work. Of course,  I am an advocate of talent speaks for itself. I prefer if the method of judging was based on the judges assigning point values to different aspects of an entry for example: voice, originality, creativity, etc. I actually dislike entering contests where the readers decide on who wins based on popular vote thus, the entry that receives the most votes will win. Perhaps, you do not mind this.
  • Are my odds of winning zero to none? If they are I am better off investing my time looking into other options. But if I stand a reasonable chance let’s say, I might be interested in actually submitting.
  • Is the payout (prize) versus the payment (entry fee) worth it? I’m not a huge fan of paying to enter contests to begin with but would I ever pay to get nothing in return? Not at all.

Dare of the day: say thank you to someone today. Happy Tuesday everybody!