Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I love about writing by Mechele Armstrong

Writing is my part time job for now. And I could come up with more than 13 things I love about it.

1. It makes me happy. There was a time in my life where I didn’t write. I was miserable. For whatever reason, I have to write. Or I’d go insane.

2. It silences the voices in my head. Last night I couldn’t go to sleep. The characters of my current WIP wanted that next scene written.

3. I get to create new worlds. Whatever world I envision, I can create the rules for and decide how they work. I created the Settler’s Mine universe. It’s a thrilling feeling.

4. I get to meet new people and travel to places I wouldn’t otherwise. I’ve never been to some of the places I write about.

5. I get to shape character’s lives, live with them, grow with them. They become so close to me during my time in their story.

6. I’ve been lucky to have readers who like reading my work. They enjoy living in the worlds I’ve created. And very little in life feels better than that.

7. I get to see something through from beginning to end. Story arcs, gotta love them.

8. I write mainly romance so I get to see happily ever afters *G*.

9. I get to see a story shape up during the editing process. I love to edit and make more wonderful the words I saw in my head.

10. Playing with words. Use new ones daily and play with meanings.

11. Flexible hours. I want to write a midnight, I can. I want to write at 6 AM, I can. And it’s been nice to be with the kids this summer.

12. I don’t have to be perfect the first time. See Number 7. It’s giving myself permission to not write perfect that some days gets me working.

13. The author community is the bestest. I’ve made a lot of good friends. Melissa Lopez (aka Mel of Melany Logen and Rissa of Marissa Alwin), Mari of Marissa Alwin, Flesa Black, Kai Anderson, Jeanne Barrack, my webmistress. Truly too many people to name.

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Blogger LA Day said...

I have to agree with you. Writing is a one of a kind job. I enjoy all aspects of it.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Ann Aguirre said...

Lots of a pluses, definitely.

3:36 PM  
Blogger N.J.Walters said...

It's the best job in the world!

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you about the voices in my head. When you start talking to walls. you know you have to be a writer. It is an awesome job!

This week I am thanking my fellow TTer's by having you to pick my book trailer. Just my way of thanking you for being so supportive of me.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Tilly Greene said...

You are so is a wonderful job and we're lucky to be able to do it.

And I agree with #7...I'm not perfect so give me those cold eyes pointing out things I miss :-)

5:59 AM  
Blogger Cora Zane said...

#1 is very true for me. It's one of those things I think that let's you know you're born to be a writer.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love writing, too. It's just the best thing. I'm meant to be on holiday next week but my alphasmart is going with me...just in case :)

4:19 AM  

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