Friday, August 14, 2009

Ten Things I Hate About Writing

I love lists. And what I've seen for the last week or so, several others do too. So here's mine...

10. I hate how I have to wait months and months (I'm a slow writer) before I can find out how my own book ends.

9. I hate how I fall in love with my hero and then have to give him up. He belongs to the heroine.

8. I hate how I have to concentrate on one book at a time. I have two hands, two sides of one brain (the logical side to set the plot, the creative side to make a love scene believable). Why can't I write two books simulaneously?

7. I hate how I can't save children from predators and kick butt like my heroines.

6. I hate how my love life isn't as exciting as my heroines'. Oops! Did I just type that?

5. I hate how I have to write a synopsis to sell my book. How do you say CliffsNotes?

4. I hate writing the synopsis.

3. I hate how I get a bug-eyed look from non-writers when I talk about writing.

2. I hate how I can talk about nothing but writing.

And drum roll please....

1. I hate how no one has bought any of my books yet.

Now for the scene from one of my favorite movies that inspired me to write this list...

22 comments:

Karen Beeching said...

You know, I need to watch this movie some day. It's on a list next to my books to read.

I think to add to this, I hate it when I have the synopsis finished, only to find out I need to lengthen or shorten it to meet a requirement for submission (whether that be an agent or contest). I mean, dadgumit, isn't it difficult enough to finish once?

Jeanie said...

Karen,

You so need to watch the movie! It's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW retold.

Love this post. I hate that I'm a slow writer, too! I'm also one-track. Have to plow through whatever I'm working on at the moment. Can't even jump around in my own book. I'm OCD that way. Drives me crazy until I get the part I'm working on right. Maybe I will get there as a multi-tasker I develop as a writer. And don't even get me started on the dreaded synopsis! Sheer torture!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I hate having to write a synopsis too.

Carla Swafford said...

Amen to that, Karen.

Carla Swafford said...

Jeanie, I jumped around in one book like that, trying something new, and it was so choppy.

Now, I'll jot notes and then I won't forget about the scene when it's time to write it.

Carla Swafford said...

Lynn,
I think we need to form a club - Writers Against Synopses -- WAS. Of course, then someone would protest our passiveness.

Christine said...

I hate realizing that a scene I totally love is completely wrong and needs to be rewritten or punted. All my lovely words! Wah.

I hate thinking that I am *done* only to find out I am not.

I hate that I am a crappy comma placer....

*shrug*

M.V.Freeman said...

Hmm.
I hate that I have to sleep

I hate that some times I end up telling instead of showing in my writing

I hate that I write so slow.

I hate that chocolate goes straight to my butt when I eat it.

And you know that movie, I need to see it too...!

Carla Swafford said...

Good ones, Christine.

Carla Swafford said...

Oh, Mary, I so can relate.

MJFredrick said...

I love this list, and the additions.

I know what you mean about synopses...and I have to write one today :(

Carla Swafford said...

I'm feeling for you, MJFredrick.

MJFredrick said...

I did it! And before lunch, too. Now I can enjoy the rest of the weekend ;)

Cari Hislop said...

That was funny! I never know how a story unfolds either. I have to keep writing to find out what happens, but I like that. The really annoying thing is writing multiple chapters (that are really good) but finally admiting that they're all wrong and having to delete them. Just take a chain saw to my right wrist! Ahhhhh!

My last book I'd decided it was a short story so I kept trying to end it...what I first thought was the ending was the middle of the book...hate that! I'm so glad I kept writing...the trauma was worth it, though I hope to avoid repeating that particular self torture. In future I will keep my nose out of it and just do what the characters tell me...like a good little writer!!!!

Diane Richmond said...

I'm with you Carla.

Now...what do we like about writing?

Carla Swafford said...

Cari, isn't it strange how bossy those characters can get?

Carla Swafford said...

Well, Diane, I guess telling the story and mentally typing "The End" when we're through.

Carla Swafford said...

Whoa, MJ! It takes me days to write it. And hundreds of changes. Congratulations.

MJFredrick said...

Well, for one, it's a novella. For another thing, it's the rough draft, but I can work with it from here, after a friend reads it for consistency ;)

JoAnn said...

What Carla and everyone else has said, and here's one more:

I hate it (I mean really hate it) when I see an announcement that says "[Insert famous person's name] has signed a two-book deal with [insert publishing house].

Hate it, hate it, hate it.

JoAnn said...

Actually, that should read [Insert name of famous person-who-has-never-written-anything-other-than-a-grocery-list-but-did-something-else-to-make-him-or-her-famous-sometimes-even-something-illegal-or-stupid]

Thank you for allowing me to clarify that.

Still hate it.

:-)

M.V.Freeman said...

Jo-Ann...You have made me laugh...LOL!!!

Thank you!