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September 18th, 2012 by Sasha White
The things we forget.

In July I went out and got a day job, and I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s in a retail store, but I mostly work in the back, doing stock, so for me it’s the best of both worlds. I get out of the house, I get to be social, but I don’t have to be on the sales floor all the time (In fact I’m rarely on the sales floor.) Being back in the ‘work force’ has reminded me that people are really fascinated by writers.

I’m not shy about being a write, or about what I write, and at some point in time over the last month, every person I work with has asked me some questions about my writing. Sometimes it’s ‘why erotic fiction?’, and others it’s ‘where do you get your ideas?’. And of course someone always has to ask how much money I make as a writer. ANd then there’s those that wait until they get you alone, then tell you about the story they want to write.

Yesterday one of the ladies told me that she used to blog-before her divorce proceedings started- and a friend of hers told her she should write a book because she was so funny. Now that things are mostly settled she’s going to start again, and she thinks her story, along with her snarky humor, would be a great memoir. What did I think?

My advice to her was to go for it. Why not? I mean seriously, if you have a story to tell, and you want to tell it, why are you not doing so? That is the difference between writers, and those who want to be writers. Writers actually sit their ass down in the chair, and work at it. In my mind, its as simple as that.

And in what might seem like a totally unrelated way, I wanted to share this blog I found with y’all. I found Fabulous Forth Grade through Pinterest. (Yes, I was killing time) Someone pinned this image with Character Traits, and it caught my eye. I clicked through and saw a few of the charts there that I thought would look cool on my plain white office walls. I like the simplicity and color.

The blog also made me wonder if things like this in grade school are why everyone is so curious about writers, and why it seems like everyone I meet/know has a secret desire to be one.

Thoughts?

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3 comments to “The things we forget.”

  1. Selena Blake
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     · September 18th, 2012 at 5:51 pm · Link

    >>Writers actually sit their ass down in the chair, and work at it. In my mind, its as simple as that.

    Love this, Sasha. Yes. That’s the key to writers and wannabe writers. I’ll admit there are times when I felt more like a wanna be than a real writer. I let myself get distracted by promotion and networking and friends, family, life and laundry.

    But when all is said and done, I’m a writer. And I sit my ass in the chair until it’s numb and my fingertips hurt, writing stories for my readers. And that’s what separates me from those who think about writing, dabble with writing, talk about writing, blog about writing, and wonder about writing.



  2. Sasha White
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     · September 18th, 2012 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Hi Selena,

    There’s definitely times when I also feel like a wannabe. LOL Especially because I’m not someone who writes every day. That just doesn’t work for me. I’ve done it, but then I burn out…so now I take care to have time off, completely, from it, every now and then. That way, when it’s time, I do sit down and write…make sense? It’s okay to not always write, but to make a career out of it, you have to do the work.

    Glad you liked the post!

    Sasha



  3. Renee-Ann
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     · September 18th, 2012 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Very well said. People either write or think about it yet don’t put their words on paper/computer.

    I read an article recently about a man who’d been working on a novel for well over 5 years but didn’t have 2 chapters written. Is he a writer or a thinker/wannabe writer? I say he’s not the former for sure, and he can’t want it that bad if he’s not ‘writing’.

    Novels don’t manifest themselves, they have to be written. Literally! Excuse the pun.

    Thanks for sharing Sasha.

    Renee-Ann



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