We decided to try something new this month, a weekly “Top Ten List” about writers. Whether these will continue to be humorous, sarcastic, or downright bitter, I simply cannot predict. Coming from our group, I suspect you will see a bit of each.
This one is based on a few things I’ve come across during the last year- having admitted to the world that I like to write fiction. Lots of polite-yet-unsettled smiles and awkward silences at family picnics, if ya know what I mean. So I thought I’d start with a list of our quirks to get this stuff out there in the open, hopefully save a fellow writer somewhere a little embarrassment.
Top 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fiction Writers
10 – We compare real people to fictional characters. (Sorry about that one folks. It’s morally unjustifiable. We know. But it’s truth.)
9- We have imaginary friends. (Otherwise known as fictional characters.)
7- That being said, there is such a thing as self-induced writers block. And procrastination can be friend as well as foe.
6- We do not wear sweaters all the time, own multiple cats, and drink coffee religiously.
(Well…I do adore a good cardigan. By pure coincidence, I own two cats and and… Okay can we just scratch this one?)
5- All writers are not grammar freaks. We write incomplete sentences, misuse apostrophes, change tenses inappropriately all the time. We have just become adept at finding mistakes and fixing them before you see.
4 – We don’t always write what we know. I mean, really? That’s like going to an amusement park for the first time and only riding the parking lot shuttle.
3 – You probably aren’t in our novel.
(Along with this, please don’t ask us if you can be in our novel.)
Including you having asked if you can be in our novel.
And the Number One Thing You Probably Didn’t Know About Fiction Writers…
1- Most of us aren’t writing to get published, get on the NY Times Bestseller list and become famous authors drinking imported Italian coffee and buying diamond studded collars for our rooms full of cats.
We aren’t writing because it’s a hobby either.
We’re writing because, as Gloria Steinem said:
“It’s the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel like I should be doing something else.”
Until next time,