Being a Writer Can Spoil…#AmWriting #Writer

 

Being a writer can spoil so many things…

 

  1. Reading a book for pleasure. A true writer cannot stop themselves from dissecting a book in their mind whilst reading. After a few brief moments of literary joy you will start assessing the effectiveness of the opening chapter, the strength of the plot, the appeal of the characters, the power of the plot twists and the quality of the ending. As well as this you will be in comparison mode with your own work. Being a writer can spoil reading books as you  can’t switch off that literary critic part of your brain and simply enjoy a book.
  2. Using social media for fun. Once you become a writer you stop using social media for fun. You will struggle to tweet non-writing related stuff, your obsession with tweet stats will take over your brain and no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to stop yourself from pinning inspirational writing related quotes. Being a writer spoils social media pleasure!
  3. Your neat handwriting. Once you become a writer you learn to scribble at high-speed – in case your brain forgets the golden idea for a book which has ‘bestseller’ all over it! You can kiss goodbye to the neat handwriting from your school days and say hello to ‘what the hell did I write?’ Being a writer can spoil your beautiful  handwriting.
  4. Romantic moments. Once you become a writer you start to record certain moments in your head ready for play back on the page. As your loved one kisses you your writer mind will leap into action and say stuff like ‘has he just brushed  his lips against mine?’ and  did his hand just caress my thigh?’ Being a writer can spoil these intimate moments – sigh!
  5. Reading customer book reviews. Once you become a writer you will become obsessed with reading customer book reviews and star ratings. You will say stuff like ‘I hope they don’t say that about my book’ and ‘I do hope they write things like that about my book!’ Being a writer can spoil reading book reviews for fun.
  6. The shape of your bottom. In view of the amount of time you will spend sat on your bottom typing or writing you can wave goodbye to your small pert backside! It’s amazing how your rear end flattens and spreads across a chair after a couple of months of serious writing. It will look like a huge squidgy pie in no time at all. Being a writer can spoil your body shape (unless you do some serious clenching whilst you type) sigh!
  7. Your social life. You will become a hermit if you don’t force yourself to be sociable. Being a writer means you start to spend a fair amount with the imaginary folk in your head. At times this can be more pleasurable than hanging out with real life folk so it will be hard to break this habit. Being a writer can spoil your social life.
  8. The fun of discussing book charts or book bestseller lists. Once you become a serious writer there is no fun in this at all! It will just bring on groans, loud sighs and the inevitable ‘I could write better’ comment. This is quickly followed by you doing a mental comparison of your own draft agsinst the work of authors at the top of the charts. Optimism turns to pessimism in the blink of a writer’s eye. You then end up with head in hands wallowing in your writer gloom. No fun for anyone in the conversation.

This post was quite enjoyable to write.

Let me know any other activities you think being a writer spoils.

I would just like to say that I love being a writer – it is ace! #lovebeingawriter

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56 thoughts on “Being a Writer Can Spoil…#AmWriting #Writer

  1. Methinks I’m not a writer….least not a normal one! But hey that’s okay I’ve never been a normal anything! ‘Other activities being a writer spoils?’… and English gentleman couldn’t possibly say..but hey again I’m not one of those either….early morning fumbles….

  2. Long before I started seriously writing, I heard that Ernest Hemingway used to write standing up. At the time I thought, crazy old Hemingway, trying to be different and standing up to write. But now it makes perfect sense. Especially while in the throes of editing, I get so tired of sitting. I’ve tried placing my laptop on my dresser (which is about the right height), but it doesn’t feel quite. I guess they have things now called “standing desks,” which might be an option. Then again, I’d probably just wind up sitting right back down. *sigh* No time to fit in writing and working AND exercising, so maybe there’s some option for combining writing and exercise?

  3. Spoil your circadian rhythm. Writer’s get no rest. We’re pounding away at the keyboard at 3 a.m. because people gave us so many things to do during the day (because, you know, we don’t do anything all day), it’s our only chance to write…and we must write.

  4. I took a film appreciation class in college. Suddenly I started noticing the color of costumes in other films I watched for fun and the use of angles as well as length of each camera’s take. It was very distracting at first. I started to worry that movies were now ruined for me. And then I watched some truly mesmerizing performances and was so captivated by the screen I forgot about all the tricks and rules. Reading books, after writing one, is much the same. When I am lucky enough to pick up a great one, I still find it easy to get lost in the story (although I will admit I am tougher on early chapters). Only afterward do I wonder what did they do to make it so great and try to apply the lesson to my own work.

  5. Try being a qualified proofreader as well as a writer D: Okay, just don’t tell me if there are any typos in my novel. Mister had to get quite shirty with me in the end, after I’d proofread the darned thing about thirty times. He feared I’d never click on the word “publish”. It’s just that so many self-published novels have too many typos in them and I didn’t want that happening with mine. But it’s not just self-published novels. To a lesser extent, traditional publishers are guilty of letting standards slip, too. Bring back editors. Typos definitely lessen my enjoyment of a novel, unless the story is so high-octane that I speed past the blighters, chucking a quick tut-tut at them.

    PS Hope there are no typos in this comment.

      1. I’m guessing you’d expect me to answer … but in truth I can’t see it … gave up on mirrors long ago…when my head became so shinny…and lets not get onto boob droop…

  6. Love this post! I agree, writing has killed reading for pleasure! For me it’s also sleep – those great plot ideas always turn up as soon as I’ve put my head on the pillow …

  7. You have an uncanny knack of getting right inside my brain, having a good old look around – and then writing my exact thoughts into your blog posts! The sound of a thousand nails being once again hit upon their heads. 😉

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