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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm Hanging Up My Shoes! Day 3

If you don't know already, I'm unplugging this week (sort of). There are no new shoe pictures, and my posts are nothing more than simple questions for you. Today's question is: What is your least favorite thing about writing? Oddly enough, my least favorite thing is somewhat the same as my favorite thing. I don't like the seclusion. Some days, I feel like I'm out of touch with reality. Don't get me wrong; while I'm writing, I love the seclusion, but when I'm experiencing real life, I sometimes don't appreciate it because my mind and emotions are focused on my fictional world, not the real world. Does this make sense?

28 comments:

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

commas.
~ Wendy

Natalie said...

Revising.

Janna Qualman said...

It does make sense, and I think no less of you. *wink*

I like least that it can't just jump from my brain to the page, that I have to sit down and physically grow it.

Heather Sunseri said...

Not having large blocks of time to just do it!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Unfortunately for me, I too much like my seclusion. I rarely get out of my little log house. I rarely see people unless it's for a book event or something with GMR and the theater and theater friends.

My least favorite is the self-promo and marketing writers must do. I love connecting with readers; so that's not it. It's all the other marketing and promo.

Beth said...

Interruptions! :( And not having big chunks of time to do it, like Heather said. Although, I do have much bigger chunks then I used to, so I'm grateful for that!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

I love the seclusion. After a stint writing, I have to remind myself how to be around "real people!"

My least favorite thing would be the pressure for marketing, networking, branding, and all of those things. I don't understand how Twitter will do anything more than take more time out of my day and am not sure why it's all that important. :0)

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

My least favorite would be losing steam after a randomly determined length of time at writing on any given day. I want to tell this story and get it out there, but I'll lose steam after twenty minutes one day and after two hours the next. I hate it.

I'm a solitary person by nature and so I don't mind the seclusion. I'll go down in my room and turn on my music and just write. It's the drain on my energy that gets me.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

My least favorite thing is getting my butt in chair to write the serious things I need to. Much easier to loll about in my journal.

L. T. Host said...

Not getting it right the first time around :)

Girl in My Own World said...

Yeah, it makes total sense. I get the same way when I am not around people - even if it is not for writing. For me though, I think that the fact that it can be really time consuming is what is getting to me the most. It is like it can take so long to get certain things out. Still, I would not trade it for the world. :o)

Strange Fiction said...

I dislike the days when the juices just aren't flowing and I still need to rack up a word count. Like today for instance :)

FictionGroupie said...

Writing the query and synopsis. Bleh.

Angie Muresan said...

I understand you completely. I'm working on something that requires a lot of research, and although I enjoyed that at first, it is beginning to be less pleasant.

Patti said...

Looking at a blank screen.

Renee Pinner said...

So many comments before mine just had me screaming "ditto," in my mind. Can't scream out loud at the moment...too many witnesses. I think it is the re-reading, when I see all my errors and less than stellar writing.

Jody Hedlund said...

My least favorite thing is trying to write when I'm extremely tired. I end up eating to keep myself awake and that's not the best thing!

Leah Rubin said...

I hear you loud and clear. It's mostly the need to self-promote that troubles me, but I avoid that problem by not writing enough. Yes. I am my own worst enemy.

Dominique said...

At the moment, I'm typing up the handwritten draft of my book. It makes me want to beat my head into the wall, because it feels so much like a rewrite. I now know for sure that I am not a rewrite kind of girl.

Girl Meets Gun said...

I'd have to say...having so many ideas and thoughts that I can't get them down fast enough, but then suddenly having writer's block outta nowhere. UGH! I hate that.

I love seclusion...I'm almost annoyed when my boyfriend comes home from work sometimes because he breaks my concentration and then adds to it the sound effects of video gaming and I can't concentrate over it. Boo.

TereLiz said...

My least favorite part about writing is also my favorite: getting feedback from readers and critters.

Until that point, I feel like the writing is all for me. When I share it, it's like it's no longer my little secret, perfect story.

Stephanie Faris said...

Same thing. And like we're writing in a vacuum. One thing I love about blogging is I post it, and I get immediate feedback. Not so with novel-writing. You post it and if you're lucky, someone publishes it in 2-3 years or so, at which point you still won't get the same interaction as you get from a blog. It's just so isolationist.

Corey Schwartz said...

Rejection!

Analisa said...

The least favorite thing for me about writing is that doubt/faith thing you have about what you are writing. One day you love it one day you wonder if it is any good at all.

Bonita said...

My least favorite thing is when I'm flooded with writing ideas while I'm frantically trying to pack for vacation, when my house has clutter from one end to the other, and when my schedule doesn't have a millisecond of free time in it. Then I finally get time to park my behind in the chair in front of the computer and...nothing.

Anonymous said...

To all of you writers, thanks for enlightening me! I just thought my daughter didn't like me anymore! As part of the immediate family of a writer, I understand and find it actually pretty interesting how real that imaginary world is to you, just as it is to me, a reader!All of those friends I made throughout my life that I actually wonder what they are up to now, 5-30 years later. Keep up the good work you all are pretty amazing.

MG Higgins said...

Thinking about writing and blogging takes up way too much of my brain's "down" time. I wish I could turn it off already! (Especially at night when I'm trying to go to sleep.)

Tamika: said...

That's a hard question, because I struggle in several areas. My primary concern is having the time and space to write without interruption.

I welcome the seclusion!

Chat with you soon!
Blessings to you...