Whenever I meet a new person and tell them that I’m a writer, that I write novels, they invariably say something along the lines of, “Wow… you have a lot of patience! Wow, you must be dedicated. Oh man, you must be smart.”
All of those are great assumptions, but I always feel like sort of a faker, because the truth is I just like writing stories. It’s not something I do because I have this amazing sense of self-discipline or I’m just super jazzed about conjunctions and prepositions (to be honest… I’m not sure I know what those are). It’s something I do because I enjoy it, because I would actually be miserable if I didn’t get the stories in my head out on paper.
That’s not to say I’m not smart (kind of) or dedicated. I’m very dedicated to what I do. But I have like, zero patience for a lot of what it involves. I’m terrible at grammar, which is probably the most humiliating part. I don’t want people to read my grammar errors that I post here on this blog or on my Twitter and think, “Oh, she’s dumb. She must be a terrible writer.” I think I’m actually a pretty decent writer. I love my stories and my characters. I’m just not great at the technicalities. But hey, that’s why my editors are such an important part of my life! They are brilliant.
I don’t write because I have something to prove. I write because it’s fun and because I have found more joy and meaning in the books that I’ve read throughout my life than pretty much anywhere else. I hope one day, I can pass that gift along.
Fantastic post and it’s the same for me!
Thank you! Glad I’m not the only one!
Wonderful thoughts. If it isn’t fun, why do it?
Love this 🙂 I am also terrible with grammar in my online presence, and especially my blog posts. I write those almost stream of conscience, without care for perfect grammar. You’re not alone! And I absolutely love the last part, and I totally agree. Books and words are so powerful–they can change people and even the world. They have impacted my life so much, and I hope one day to be able to pass that on.
Thank you so much, Victoria! You phrase it perfectly when you say we write out our stream of conscience. It’s so true! I write what’s in my head, and unfortunately, what’s in my head is not always grammatically correct! And I can not agree more. I bet you will pass it on! 🙂
Preach it, sistah 😉
I’m preaching!! 😛