Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The chaotic life of a writer

Life is chaos. Anyone who tells you different is either extremely organized and living alone, or that person is the luckiest person in the world.  For the rest of us, chaos reigns. Between jobs, relationships, children and trying to give ourselves some entertainment it’s hard to give a little extra time to do what we writers love, and that is to create with words.  The great part is we do find time.  We pluck a half hour when the kids nap, or during our break time at work.  We sneak away for a few moments to write down that next idea when everyone goes to sleep.  We grow our ideas into stories, but the chaos doesn’t stop there. Once we feel the story is ready to share we send them to our critique partners, where the story is picked apart, line by line. All the mistakes are shown in red and writers have a moment to reflect that we are not as good as we thought. Then we rewrite and edit some more. Over and over the carousel of writing goes.  So where do we start and where do we end?  I'm going to be focusing on the parts of writing and the process in the weeks of February. Have a few of my writer friends add some of their thoughts and as always post a few short stories for fun. 

If you have any thoughts to what you would like to read here, or want to do a post on my blog, comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

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