So when I said I was quitting social media and internet stuff, I didn’t mean my writing internet stuff. I love this first Wednesday blog hop. This is like a virtual writer’s conference and totally justified in terms of time and effort. Plus I count this as writing. And as bonus points for me, this month’s topic is quitting, which I have been doing left and right and center.
Today’s introspective question is: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
Oh Alex Alex Alex. Did I “ever” say “I quit”?
Just last week. And predictably, every few weeks, or so.
But it’s always just a big, fat lie. I have always been a writer and I will always be a writer. I don’t really “come back” because it is simply impossible to leave.
Based upon my own experience and observation, I think writers “quit” because:
- we’re stuck on our project
- we’re bored with our project
- we’re caught up in other life issues
- we’re frustrated because the first draft is a crappy first draft and not a brilliant finished product
- we’re frustrated because our brilliant finished project isn’t finding an agent/publisher
- we can’t be all things to “all people” all the time and something has to go, and it’s never “all people”
- we’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books in a bookstore and we just know our own book sucks and will never be published [to wit: last week, a best-selling Wall Street Journal author released her new book, second in a series, with basically the same premise as my WIP. The obvious response? That’s It! I don’t have a chance! I QUIT!]*
Writers “come back” because we’re writers. It’s like breathing. Or drinking wine. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. No matter what. [ok – maybe just me on the wine part].
*[said best-selling author’s book does not contain the really cool fraternity aspect of mine, so really, the stories are nothing alike. There are millions of authors writing lawyer books. I can, too.]
Today’s awesome co-hosts of the IWSG are also writers who have plenty more to say about quitting and coming back, so check them out: