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Unglamorous writing confessions

Being a writer, published or otherwise, is amazing. Writers are world builders, character creators, storytellers, daydreamers! We live in a haze of ideas and inspiration and intrigue. But let’s be honest, despite the perfect writing environment non-writers may think we live in, there are plenty of unglamorous times.

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That’s right. It’s not all tidy desks and cosy coffee shops. There’s all this too:

Writers don’t write as often as they want to
Let’s be honest here, life just doesn’t work that way. Life gets in the way of writing all the time. And let’s be even more honest…there are definitely times when we could write, but the temptation to nap or catch up on our favourite TV show takes over.
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Writers aren’t full of interesting party conversation
You’d think that saying, ‘I’m a writer, don’t you know?’ would be a killer icebreaker at a party, leading into long witty discussions about the trials and triumphs of writing. But no. It’s not. Unless you’re at a party of writers, it’s possible nobody cares, or at the very least, nobody understands. Besides a lot of us are far too anxious and awkward for the world of parties and conversations anyway.
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Writers get stressed and frustrated
Light bulb moments, and exciting inspirational sparks, don’t happen as often as the doubt. Or the block, or the slump, or the lack of motivation. In fact a big part of being a writer involves frustration and rejection and stress.
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Writing the end is never really the end
When you first set out to a write a book, the goal of reaching ‘the end’ is so big it’s easy to forget that…the end is just the beginning. That’s not to belittle the accomplishment – it’s a huge deal to finish a first draft! But it is just that…a first draft. And following that comes more drafts and editing and rewriting and editing….and editing and editing…
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Having a finished book does not guarantee publishing success
When I say I’ve written a book, people ask ‘so when is it being published?’ As if a finished book means instant publication. But that’s not how it works. There’s pitching and querying, rejection, chasing agents, chasing publishers…100% NOT as easy at it may seem.
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So is this post here to discourage anyone from writing? No way! It’s to remind all writers out there how much they go through and put up with…and yet do it all anyway. The determination in the writer is strong, and that’s why even the unglamorous is an important part of the journey. 

Share some unglamorous writing confessions of your own in the comments below.

Until then,
Keep writing,

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24 thoughts on “Unglamorous writing confessions”

  1. Great look at the sometimes harsh reality. If I was to add mine it’s the fact that there will be a ton of ideas that are scrapped during drafting, unused, or even forgotten before they can be written – sometimes I had an idea in the middle of the night and foolishly believe I’d remember it in the morning – only to wake up realizing it’s gone forever.
    Another is that many people around us don’t really know how all this writing business works and some can have even more unrealistic expectations or hopes than the writer. A friend who saw my pathetic second draft told me something like ‘you could be the next JK Rowiling’ – and while I know it was meant as a praise and ecouragement, I could only laugh on it (glad it was told by mail and not face to face), knowing how extremely unlikely that is.

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  2. ‘When do you finish the next one?!’ Unfortunately it’s not like you’re a vending machine that drops a brand new book at demand. It requires a lot of thinking, inner debating, molding, editing, deleting, starting over again and… time. I love the process. The flexing of the mind beyond boundaries.

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  3. I can definitely attest to that.
    The conversations at parties is a particularly important one to me. Like you said, some people don’t understand. They see writing as something boring and not fun and exciting. Others, however, try to be polite and ask you about your WIP. My WIP is a WIP for a reason. I am not telling you ANYTHING. Also, because I don’t know how to describe what’s in my head in a single sentence. Others want to read something you’ve already published. That’s a tricky one. Yes, I am proud of what I wrote, but do I really want you judging me through a single piece you might read?

    Again, great list.

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  4. GUILT! The constant nagging in the back of my mind that I should be forever writing. Forget that movie, nap, Sunday drive or soak in the tub. Get back to the keyboard you lazy lout!

    Another one for me is keeping my author identity secret from my nosy family.

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  5. Yes to all of this! Especially the fact that finishing the first draft is not the end. I think how long it really takes to write a book was one of the biggest learning curves for me. Great post, Meelie 😊.

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  6. So much truth! My most recent unglamorous discovery was that even after you’ve completely finished the novel (drafts, revisions, editing, more editing, etc), there’s still a ton of work to do, especially if you intend to self-publish. At times, I’ve felt snowed under by the weight of everything I don’t know how to do yet.

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  7. I love, love, love this post. I absolutely have no party starting conversation, but some of my characters
    I’m beginning to hate the question ‘so, when are you being published?’ It’s most definitely not that simple.

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    1. It really isn’t! Thanks for commenting, Rainy. The best kinds of conversation is meeting other writers, I love when we’re able to get together and natter away about this crazy choice we’ve made to try and get published 😀 xx

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