In Others’ Words: Dirty Business
There is the dream of the writing life … and then there is reality.
I bet you think I’m going to say I prefer the dream.
I will take the nitty-gritty reality of the writing life over the dream any day.
Dreams are all well and good — up to a point. There comes a time when you have to abandon the clouds — the wishing and hoping — and get down to the business of doing.
Here’s what I learned once I set my heart on being a writer:
- This is a tough occupation. One that requires a heart as fragile as the last quivering note of a violinist’s solo … but a heart that is also as tough as an armadillo’s shell, able to withstand critique and rejection and plain old “I can’t get this scene right” frustration.
- People can be nasty. Some people even seem to enjoy tearing apart your writing, doling out a single star or raking you across the black and white coals of their review.
- You’re gonna get dirty. Edits and rewrites and feedback — even the ones spoken in the kindest of tones — leave marks on your soul. It’s okay … they wash off when you bathe in the Truth of who you are.
Toughen up. Don’t be one of those nasty people. And accept that writing is a dirty business, but that doesn’t change who you are deep down in your soul.
In Your Words: Writing — are you going for the dream or the reality? And besides being dirty and tough and nasty … what else is it?
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