Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Top Ten Reasons Why Writing Fiction Rocks

Today’s a great day to do an uplifting post. The last one I wrote was a rant, which actually felt really good and cathartic. But I thought it might be a good idea to remind myself why we would crawl through glass rather than give up this very hard profession.

So, for your reading amusement:

My Top Ten Reasons Why Writing Fiction Rocks

10. The only numbers you have to worry about are page numbers and word count – and MS Word takes care of that for you.

9. When one of your characters pisses you off, you can get even with him in all sorts of diabolical ways – try that with your coworkers.

8. Seriously, when else will you get to plot a bank heist and not wind up arrested?

7. In normal society, when you sit around talking to yourself, they call you crazy. When you tell them you’re a writer, you become, ‘creative’.

6. You can strike fear in the hearts of friends and acquaintances by hinting that they’ll be included in your novel. (They all think they’ll be included either way, of course).

5. A writer’s daily adventure is only limited by his or her imagination. Pirate play, anyone?

4. You can wade waist deep in books and information on any topic that catches your passion – and it’s called research!!! Come on, how much cooler does it get?

3. You can populate your story with the most colorful, loyal, witty, amazing people you’ll ever meet – and then you get to hang out with them and call it work!

2. There is no dress code for writing fiction.

1. Writing gives you a chance to make sense of the story. It doesn’t replace life, but it makes the experience of living more powerful.

What reasons make your list? And have you done any writing today?


Gary Corby said...

9: It works with co-workers too. Trust me.

4: Oh yes!

2: Oh very yes!

And I want add: If you write murder mysteries, you can discuss your plot in a restaurant with your wife, and the people at the next table will edge away.

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Gary,

Ha! I'm guessing the patrons near your table are as confused as afraid, considering you're discussing murder plots of ancient Greece :-)

Chris Eldin said...

Your rant made me smile. Hell, laugh out loud. I am copying your resume because it is also my resume. ANd don't get me started about the whole "playing" on the computer thing.
But there is the upside, and I'm glad you posted it right after the other. (How's that for a well-constructed sentence?)
Seriously funny rant. I'm going back to reread...

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Chris,

I could probably come up with a list of 100 things I love about fiction writing if I had the time. And I think any fiction writer can - why the hell else would we put ourselves through it?

Yeah, rants are kind of fun - I'm glad you liked it. I looked at that list after I'd finished and cringed slightly at how long it's taking me to get where I want... but hell, at least I'm still going after it.

Colleen_Katana said...

I love this...I haven't written in a long time, which upsets me. I've been so busy trying to make rent each month that my more creative outlets have suffered. I think I'll go to a coffee shop for an hour today and do some writing.

Thanks Merry!

Natasha Fondren said...

Oh this is the perfect pick-me-up for today! The whole way, I was nodding and going, "Yes! Oh yes! Definitely!"

Number 2 is pretty close to my favorite.

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Colleen,

First, I hope the writing goes well - I've been an avid fan of your writing ever since I found your first blog eons ago, and I just know your one of the ones who're meant to write. You have a natural voice.

Second, the earning an income thing gets in most of our way at some point or another. Don't let it get you down, Colleen. Do what you have to and fit in the writing when you can - you'll find a way to get there.

Hi Natasha,

Glad it gave you a pick-me-up! it was fun to write, too. And yeah, I think most writers enjoy the fact that they can do it in their pj's.

Demon Hunter said...

I love all those things, Merry. And no, I didn't write anything today, even though I know exactly how I want my book to end and I'm done with over half of it. **sigh** I needed that list to get my BIC=Butt In Chair. Thanks. ;-)

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Demon Hunter,

Glad you liked it! You know, I find that knowing what I need to write doesn't necessarily make it easier to get it written out. Sometimes it actually makes it harder because I just can't seem to make the written version match up to the one in my head. The only thing I can do when that happens is write through it, even if I think it sucks. If I can get through the hard scene I'll usually get my flow back and then I can come back to that later and edit the hell out of it.

Good luck with the wip, and get your butt in the chair! :-)