LIfe is short, writing is hard, and we live in an age of distraction.
Aside from the necessities of life (your job, your health, your family, your relationships, etc.), there are SO many things to waste one’s time on; YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, video games, news outlets, TV (for those who still watch TV, if not, Netflix/Hulu). I’m not immune to these distractions either. I could be working on book three of Convergence, and here I am blogging (way to go, J!). But, the thing is, I know I’m being distracted. I’m not kidding myself here. Every blog I post, every meme I share, every tweet I retweet is just a few more precious minutes chipped off my already finite mortal existence, but one time-waster I’ve never enjoyed is excessively sharing quotes about writing instead of actually writing. I’m sorry, but that one feels just a bit too ironic for me.
One piece of advice directed towards aspiring writers that drives me nuts is; “write every day.” If you’re a writer who follows other writers, you can’t escape Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest without seeing those lovely inspirational quotes and memes that are constantly touting this same sentiment over and over again. I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me on this, but this is why I think “write every day” is bullshit.
Ya know what I hate? Telling people, I’m a writer, only to have them ask me if I have a drinking problem. HA HA HA, yes, very funny. >:(
If you consider yourself a writer, chances are that you’ve seen lists online such as this one – Top 10 Author Stereotypes. Everyone has the obligatory blog, YouTube video, or article listing all sorts of stereotypes associated with being an author/writer. Most are benign; some are insulting. Here’s the thing, I consider myself a writer…and I don’t meet hardly any of these stereotypical qualities!! The problem with stereotypes is that they lump a group of people together, ignoring their individuality, and then paint them all with the same brush. Which is the crux of the problem when dealing with ANY form of stereotyping.