Elspeth Antonelli from the It’s a Mystery blog put together the hilarious list, 10 Signs of a Typical Writing Day, about the myriad interruptions she faces as a writer.
It’s funny because it’s true. It’s funny because it’s infuriating. And it’s funny because sometimes if I didn’t laugh about this, I’d cry.
I can find more ways to interrupt a writing day than I can for just about any other kind of day, except maybe bill-paying day. The question is why? I don’t dislike writing. I love it! I love getting so deeply involved in the process that I forget the concept of time and exist only in the made up world of my story.
Fighting distraction, beating writer’s block, putting aside our fears … these are some of the challenges we face every time we sit down to write, so reading Elspeth’s post on a typical writing day is not only funny, it’s comforting.
Joyce Carol Oates says somewhere that when writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out, ‘Is he as crazy as I am?’ I don’t need that question answered.
Mr. Roth may not need that question answered. I suppose I don’t need it answered either, but it’s encouraging to know I’m not the only crazy one.
4 thoughts on “Does Your Writing Day Look Like This?”
It’s bang on the money, that’s for sure.
There’s nothing better than discovering that something I wrote caused another writer to grile (smile combined with groan). Thanks for mentioning my post so kindly. It’s truly appreciated.
I’m noticing a pattern in my writing habits: poems come to me easy, because I can see the end of it and I can lie to myself that it is easier than to finish the novel I have been working on forever. I am glad that I am finally finding my voice in poetry, but saddened I can’t translate the same magic in essays, scripts and novels I wanna write.
You are totally write that it’s a love/hate relationships, but that’s why I like my characters to work out my emotional issues!
yes, we all are crazy, I have come to accept it and pretend to be normal and boring.