Lonely? Heck No

Aw, it’s Thursday morning, and I’m late again.

Can I blame it on my dental appointment yesterday? Or the hundred-plus temps that are frying my brain?

Sad to say, I’m a procrastinator with a bad memory. Always have been.

But that’s beside the point. What I really want to write about today is . . . well, writing. One aspect of it, at least. People say that writing is a lonely profession, but I’ve always thought that was a bad word. (Unless I’m an oddity even among other oddities.) How can you be lonely when you spend your work hours dreaming up, talking with and writing stories with hundreds of people in them?

I’ve always thought the better word was solitary. We do pretty much work alone, as far as real, living people go. Some people can write in the middle of a crowd. Some people deliberately seek crowded places with their laptops. Some work with music, television, kids in and out, and some need complete privacy. I was in that group for a while — not even music playing, or I couldn’t concentrate. I’m working on getting past that. I’ve even been writing on the laptop while Bob watches TV and the puppers are bouncing off the walls. But however we do it, unless we’re part of a writing team who actually share the same office, the work is pretty much solitary.

Granted, there are times when I’m not writing that I might feel as if I’m a freak among normal people. Most people don’t live in their heads, or create whole new worlds, or have hundreds of characters and dozens of plots to keep track of. Most people believe that a figment of their imagination would behave in exactly the way they wanted since they created them. (Most people would be wrong.)

There’s nothing better about the writing life than the other writers you get to share it with. My best buds, the people who truly understand me and don’t think I’m nuts, are all writers. They have people disobeying in their heads, too.

A solitary pursuit — yeah. But lonely? For me, heck no!

What about you?

7 thoughts on “Lonely? Heck No

    • Thanks for agreeing, Jackie. I know it’s two small words, but we’re writers. We should choose the one more fitting to the situation, right?

  1. I’ve never thought it was lonely at all. And I’ve never disliked writing the way some people do. For me, it’s make believe–ie: play time!
    Of course, I’ve never had the privilege of working on contract. Maybe if I HAD to (contracts or something) instead of wanting to, I’d be like those guys–lonely and hating it.
    I hope not, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still want to be you when I grow up.

    • There’ve been times (with a certain editor — you know who since you were there through them) that writing became a burden I detested. I was ready to become a greeter at WalMart!

      Before and after her, It’s been fun. I’m not a big plotter, so I’m always surprised by what happens after the “Once upon a time . . .” It’s like getting to know people for real. I know conventional wisdom says we should know our characters inside and out before we start Chapter 1 — that’s a whole other blog — but how can they surprise us (and how can we surprise the readers) if we’re that familiar with them?

      I don’t think a contract would change the way you approach your writing. It would motivate you to write faster, but you’d still love it.

  2. I think this is a great way of putting it. I never feel lonely when I’m writing. Never. Like you said, how in the world can you when so many characters are talking to you?

    And as far as the right way vs wrong way to write…there is no right or wrong. It’s just a different process. ๐Ÿ™‚ It should all be fun, even when it’s challenging. Some plot every detail, others don’t plot at all. Some upchuck the words and worry about editing later…others can’t do that.

    I’m just happy to know I’m “normal” with my writer friends. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. You’re as normal as any of us CAN be, Lil Bit. I’ve known a few writers over the year who were absolutely convinced that their way is the ONLY way, but there as many different processes as there are writers. My own methods/routines have changed repeatedly over the years, so I’m happy I can change with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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