10 things writers wish that non-writers understood

Stephanie Carmichael pins down some key points about what it means to be a writer.

The last item is intended a little sarcastically, according to Stephanie. “Writing’s not boring”–or I wouldn’t be doing it in my sleep-deprived time–“but it’s not glamorous, either.” It can be excruciatingly difficult, though.

I absolutely do wish a movie of my book would come out. It might heighten public interest with the added element of music, and by providing visuals for the human conflicts and internal pain experienced by the protag. Won’t happen in this lifetime, though, and that’s the point.

Also, asking what our books are about is definitely a bigger question than it seems.

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Being a writer is a profession nobody seems to understand. Do you sit around all day in your pajamas? Do you use a fancy pants typewriter? Are you just making elaborate fantasy maps all day?

The answer to all of these is “usually no.”

So what’s the deal? Well … let me clear up a few misconceptions.

Nobody has time to write

We make time. That’s how it happens. Magic, right?

Pretty much all of us have day jobs, social obligations, errands to run, and various other life responsibilities.

Writing the book is the easy part

You heard me. Writing the book is the easy part.

What’s hard is revising it multiple times based on feedback from critique partners and betas, perfecting your query, snagging an agent even after they request a partial or full manuscript, staying motivated / patient while you receive a lot of criticism and rejection or radio silence, getting a book sold…

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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2 Responses to 10 things writers wish that non-writers understood

  1. Winta says:

    Great post with lots of humor also! This inspires me to become more like a writer! Have you written/are working on any books?

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