Monday, March 26, 2012

Ten Things I Wish I Didn't Know About Writing

***Note to say: I thought I finished this yesterday and published it, but apparently that did not happen. So, I'm postdating this. So sorry for the delay!***

We have all these lists of what we need to know, what we need to learn and what we need to start doing when it comes to writing and building a writing career. But there are definitely a few things I wish I hadn't learned along the way:

10. I wish I hadn't discovered writer's butt. Actually, I wish I hadn't discovered writer's butt by looking in the mirror. Too much time sitting in the same chair does not equal pleasant things for my lower half.

9. I wish I'd realized that working from home was a blessing and a curse. Blessing because I get to stay home with my precious son, a curse because I sit there completely distracted by the laundry, toys, etc and can't sit down to write until they are cleaned up.

8. I wish I'd discovered Welch's Fruit Snacks and iced coffee as a writing snack years ago.

7. Same for sitting out on my back porch on nice days. Sometimes the writing comes a lot easier when the background is changed up a bit.

6. I wish I hadn't put so much stock into what other writers' methods were and thought that their way was the only way. I would've saved myself a lot of frustration and hard drive space.

5. I wish Starbucks delivered on days when I need an iced venti caramel macchiato to get the writing going and I can't go get one because my son is napping.

4. I wish venti caramel macchiatos weren't so expensive compared to a writer's budget.

3. I wish I'd paid more attention to the "How to Market Your Novel" classes I took before I got published. So much of that would have been so helpful along the way.

2. I wish I didn't know how awful rewrites are. They are Awful. Capital A.

1. And finally, I wish I didn't know how exhausting writing can be - even though I'm sitting in the exact same position for the whole time.  There is a lot of brainless TV that gets watched in my house after marathon writing stints.

How about you??


  1. Great post. I wish I had taken my time during my second rewrite. It would have saved a lot of trouble.

  2. All I can say is, I hear ya. Ahem.

    The Bachelor.
    The Voice
    American Idol
    Top Shot
    Friends reruns
    ABC family reruns
    Freaking out over ABC family shows that you thought were cancelled but just came on with new episodes...

  3. When I get writers block, I wish my computer screen wasn't so big...the blank page is magnified.
    Great post.

  4. Thanks guys!

    Yep. To the rewrite, the Friends and the magnification. Writing is a weird job.