The Life Of A Writer

The writing life is a unique one to say the least.

Being a writer teaches you how to be patient. Especially when all your characters take one look at your outline, laugh, and do the exact opposite. I don’t outline for this reason. I’ve been burned many times.

Eventually, you lower your expectations until you no longer have any. Can’t be disappointed if you don’t set yourself up to be, am I right? Besides, the best moments are the ones you never see coming.

What do you mean you’re publishing my story? That’s impossible! You must be mistaken.

You learn to reject rejection.

You rejected me? No way! That’s your loss, not mine.

This post is already trending in the direction of a certain bad writer being in full denial.

Over time, you hone your stalking, er, observing skills. Stalking isn’t ok. But observing people is a fine skill to have in your arsenal. It’s better than watching paint dry.

Obviously, you constantly deal with things not going your way because life never goes the way you expect it to. What’s more, other human beings do a great job messing up your well-laid plans. Yes, fictional characters are people too.

There’s a beauty in being a teacher and student at the same time. After all, you become an expert at whatever you’re writing about. Hello, Google.

Sooner rather than later, you’ll get ink stains on everything. I literally mean everything. Your fingers and hands. Your legs and toes. Your wallet and bag. Your desk and bed. But you embrace them because what kind of writer doesn’t have ink on some body part at any given time?

This universe bestows upon many greats the secrets to handling hand cramps. In fact, you might even strengthen your hands so much you never feel pain ever again. When’s the last time you had a hand cramp? Surely cramps are a sign of someone who doesn’t write often.

Can you tell I was in some kind of mood while penning this post? I’m half joking. Please don’t flay me alive.


A Common Writing Problem

When I have every intention to write a short story but it somehow turns into a novel.


The One Thing I Love Most About Being A Writer

I can write and write for hours without my hand hurting.

How is that useful you may ask?

It is when you are a student. When all your exams consist of an essay or is entirely an essay. Being able to write for two, three, four hours straight without your hand cramping up is an extremely beneficial skill/ability/talent.

Thank you years of writing. Thank you countless early mornings and late nights. Thank you filled notebooks and lengthy novels.

Finally I must thank myself for choosing to be a writer. It was the best choice I’ve ever made in my lifetime.


My Thoughts On Grammar

Grammar isn’t that hard once you get the hang of it.

So get the hang of it. 

Then you’ll be living the writer life. 


Why Writers Never Sleep In

Today I don’t have to wake up early for school. Thanks to the OSSLT. Technically then I can sleep in. In fact, most of my friends are probably snoozing and dozing as I type this post. However, as a writer, I feel it’s in my blood to be up and at it early in the morning. Why? I hope this post will enlighten you so that you’ll understand the complexity of being a writer.

Writing when everybody is asleep is the sweetest feeling in the world. 

OK maybe not the sweetest. I stand corrected. But many of my friends and family members enjoy sleeping late. It’s too noisy at night to write. Rather, it can get too quiet in the morning. But as long as I can hear myself think, I can write.

Writers dream. And sometimes writers write about dreams. 

Hence…writers get out of bed at odd hours to record what they’ve experienced in the middle of the night.

Writing is a bigger priority than sleeping.

Devoted writers choose writing over sleeping. Extremely devoted writers choose reading over sleeping.

Writers are constantly thinking about writing.

How can one possibly sleep then?

If a writer slept more than he wrote, he would never make it in this industry.

It’s competitive. There’s competition. You need to be at your best or you’ll risk someone else taking your spot.

Are you enlightened after reading this post? The next time you sleep in, appreciate the fact that you can. You can bet that the writers of this world are awake and formulating a plan to conquer the entire universe. In their next novel of course. Did you really think I was serious?



Writers Usually Have A High Tolerance For…

Writers usually have a high tolerance for…

  • Pain.

  • People.

  • Problems.

If you happen to be a writer, I’m sure you will understand.

Things To Never Ask A Writer

So it’s the last day of my March break and I figured I would save my favourite and longest post for last. I haven’t heard any of the below (the bolded questions) in quite some time plus I would like to keep it that way. Thus, I wrote this post for everyone I will encounter on my return back to high school. Here’s some extra homework from one writer to a non-writer. Never utter any of these phrases to a serious writer. At least, not to my face. Okay? Study, learn, and memorize accordingly. Thank you in advance.

Can you stop using big words?

In case you didn’t get the memo, writers love words. Otherwise, why else would we expose ourselves to words every day? If writers won the lottery every time this “using big words” debate came up, writers would be richer and wealthier than any other profession known to mankind. The entire universe should bow down to writers now. After all, writers are planning to take over the world with their intellect. Of course, our arsenal of words will come in handy. Who are you to stop us?

Why are you staring/glaring at him/her/it?

Uh…it’s simple and completely explainable. Just give us a fraction of a second for us to tell you why. Writers need to research. And observing constitutes as research. Observing well translates into realistic description. And if writers weren’t realistic, books would not be read. Books would not exist if no one read them. Therefore, do us all a favour and the next time you catch a writer looking at someone or something, get out of their way. Pretend for 5 minutes that you are a writer. I know that’s difficult. Being a writer is no easy task. But if you think like a writer, you are less likely to annoy them. You might end up appearing in the next best-seller or if you’re lucky (and helpful) enough, your name could appear in the acknowledgement section of a novel. Hey, you might know a soon-to-be famous writer. Do your best to be understanding, would ya? It won’t kill you and the writers of this world will appreciate ya.

Want to go watch a movie? 

If we like you enough, we might agree and smile politely when you ask. If, in our heads, we can create a list of one hundred and one things we rather be doing than watching a movie with you, we’ll decline and smile awkwardly. Or we’ll throw in the “maybe, next time?” to save you from any hurt feelings. Perhaps, we value the friendship enough to make it up to you somehow. Still, we may just want some space. If you’ve just met your writer friend, use your common sense. If you’ve known a writer long enough, you should know books beat movies any day. However, if you truly know the writer species, you know what to say and when to say it. Keep the movie invites to a limit, especially when said writer is trying to meet countless deadlines. Otherwise, you’re impeding on the writer’s goal of publishing something—anything. Movie invite after the novel is released? Sign me up. Movie offer during the novel creation and formation? Uh…unless I’m desperate for a break from my baby, no, thank you.

That concludes this post. If you have read this far, I am truly grateful. If you haven’t, spare me the truth and don’t tell me. Please.

One other thing, don’t ever ask me to use smaller words, to glance in the other direction, and/or to see a film over seeing the finish of my story.

Keep this in mind:

A happier writer makes for a happier world.

I didn’t intend for this to be such a long ramble. Sorry. I’m almost done.

If you haven’t already, go read my post on 10 Things You Should Never Say To A Writer. Heh, a writer-blogger has to do some self-promotion from time to time. Besides, clicking that link costs you nothing financially and nets me an additional view. What a win-win situation for everyone. It will also let me know what types of posts my readers like or don’t like. Although, most writers (myself included) write for themselves, I still want to create posts that my followers will enjoy reading.

Have a great day or night, depending on where you are in the world and when you happen to be reading this post.


One Of Many Writer Struggles

When you say/write something grammatically sound but others are confused, and they incorrectly correct you.