"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


So long story short, after reading everyone's comments from yesterday I found that the general consensus is that in the end Readers read and writers write. But those of us that are a little of both are screwed. :)

Personally I think it is all about focus. Movies are great because they are done and over in two hours (more or less) and you feel satisfied (hopefully) in the end, ready to move on. Reading books take a bit more of a commitment - depending on how life goes for you, you can usually get one done at least within a week or less and again - satisfied.

When you're writing however - the commitment is a whole lot greater. It can take months or years to finish writing a novel and that doesn't even get into the editing process. (Querying and everything else I will get into on a later date) The lack of instant gratification that we are all used to in this golden age of technology is just not there. I know I've blogged about instant gratification before but I really think that this is a very important thing for us writers. And we don't get it very often.

I actually ended up having a conversation with my husband last night about the lack of progress in my writing and how sad it makes me. And God bless him he really tries to understand but doesn't fully get it.

In all honesty I don't really have anything to equate it too for him. Nothing that will really show him what it feels like. It is my dream to get a book published and yet I feel like I'm falling further and further behind on accomplishing that goal. I need to push myself ad whole lot harder and strengthen my resolve to stay focused. If I don't drift off to watch tv or scan the internet then the progress will hopefully prompt some of the enthusiasm that I've been missing so desperately.


Meryl said...

You get my vote! Please don't be discouraged. Listen - to your heart, to comments, to the pace and issues around you. You'll find it. I had an idea for a book, wrote it, met with people, and tweaked it so much that it is now a different book - but it will be published next year! It can happen to you too. Just keep writing, keep brainstorming and exploring.

Keep in touch! I will be back and I loved your comments on my blog. I look forward to more visits and good news!

C.M. Villani said...

Congratulations Meryl. I'm truly happy that you will be published. It is thrilling news.
I wish you the best success.

hahaha. I've got to say that story had me in stiches. I forward it to a couple of friends of mine because I just had to share it. Great post.

Anonymous said...

I know exactly how you feel. My book is falling behind. Maybe I need to, hold on to your hats here, set some goals...I keep thinking that I have to wait to be inspired, but if the world waited to be inspired, nothing would get done.
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Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Hey, girl. Hang in there. I know how you feel. All novels are written one word at a time. Just try and get a few words down each day so when you got to bed you'll be a few words closer to your dream :-)

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