August 19, 2013

Writing is Bleeding (& 4 Other Things I've Learned)

Writing is costly: Because any good writing, according to a dead poet that I'm inclined to agree with, is an act of bleeding your heart out on paper. Writing can drive a person mad and be healing all at the same time. If we write what we know and the truth in our lives, the trouble often is knowing what details to weed out. Not because they're not true, but because they're too raw, too hurtful at times. Learning how to write the truth without further injury is a battle in and of itself. Which is why I suppose many famous authors of various genres have given the advice to write to your ideal reader… who may in fact not be your parents or your best friends. And that's OK. Catering to anyone else in your writing can keep you running raged with your words… and maybe in the end not helping anyone. The other readers will at some point come across your work. They may snicker, roll they're eyes, think you've gone off the deep end… maybe even accuse you of something, or tells you how terrible your grammar is. (Since when did grammar or spelling become more important than the heart of a body of work anyway?) Writing honestly, truthfully, and genuinely always is costly. It never goes away, the question is how much are they (or me or you) willing to pay.

Writers Are Glamorized: There really isn't such a thing as a "writer." At least not it the romantic sense that our culture paints. There are people who write…. some do it for a living because they just so happen to be better at it. So... no such thing as a writer, just better writing.

(Professional) Writers, Much Like Artists are Dirt Poor:
Writers don't make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don't work either. We sit around in or underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck's book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man's stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. ~Donald Miller 
*...Unless you go on to write best sellers Don. Then, then you are not dirt poor, and the dirt poor writers are now envying you because you can buy eggs and bacon to eat everyday without going into debt now.*

Good Writers are Massive Book Worms: Too many famous authors have said this for it not to be true, so always have a book on hand. It's why I'll never get into carrying small purses.
It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written, but I know it’s true. If I had a nickel for every person who ever told me he/she wanted to become a writer but didn’t have time to read, I could buy myself a pretty good steak dinner. Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. ~Stephen King
Never Stop Writing. The mantra moms and teachers everywhere love to herald over their children is, practice makes perfect. And boy does it get annoying. Especially when you're in high school and college, and you just want to throw a book at their heads. But... it turns out... they're actually right People who write well are always thinking about it, chewing words around in their mouths getting a taste for them, and constantly writing. The more we do it, the better we'll get.


  1. Good points and advice! I am totally with you on the not carrying small purses thing. I always take a book too :)

    1. I feel a lot like Rory Gilmore in that way =D


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