Tag: writing life
Oh, the slings and arrows of unwitting condescension we writers sometimes suffer. It makes you wonder, what IF strangers talked to people in other professions the way they talk to writers? A recent post from Electric Lit had me laughing such sad, sad laughs.
Here's some example quotes from this weird hypothetical fantasy world:“Huh. A chef. Do people still eat food?” “An accountant? Wow, I haven’t even looked at a number since high school.” “Ah, a middle school teacher? Have I met any of the students you’ve ever taught?” For more, check out the full article on Electric Lit. But tell me, what's the most unintentionally rude question or statement you've ever heard as a writer?
BEING a writer, just like writing itself, is a process. You zigzag between the opposites tugging at you: ups and downs, acceptances and rejections, patience and impulsiveness, creative bursts and lulls, extreme ego and self-deprecation. And through this movement (I'd say "progress," but writing is one of those many journeys without a destination), you hopefully develop skills that will increase your chances at sustained success. In short, you mature — along with your writing.
Where are you at in that process of BEING a writer?To help you better understand yourself as a writer, Roxane Gay has come up with eight questions for you to answer. Check out her article on the AWP site to read the full details, but I'll summarize the questions — and the reasons for asking them — below. 1. "Are you a good literary citizen?"
If you have a few minutes to answer any/all of the following questions, I'd love to hear your story:1. Why are you a writer? 2. What are you proudest of in your writing life?
Here's a few tips to help you break bad habits and restore your body to a more balanced state1. Invest in an ergonomic writing setup OSHA's website is a good place to start your research; you can see what an ergonomic computer desk looks like, as well as the ideal posture to limit joint, tendon, muscle, and eye stress. Once you know what you're looking for, do some comparison shopping and purchase a desk, chair, and any necessary computer accessories (stands, monitors, keyboards, etc.)
If you're into creativity pep-talks, you may've already seen this commencement address from Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, Stardust, and the popular comic book series The Sandman. If you haven't seen it, check it out. Gaiman gives an inspiring speech to graduates who are about to try to make a living in the arts. As you might expect, it's full of little witticisms and nuggets of wisdom: "If you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do." "When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art."
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