Is Writing the New Acting?

So, revision has been sent off to my super agent, which means these past couple of weeks have been focused on fiddling with the WIP.

I’m one of those that prefers revisions to drafting. I hate not knowing where anything is going in the beginning, hate not having a definitive plot or even a definitive story I can verbally explain. I’d be a terrible painter, because I’d just want the freaking bowl of fruit up on that canvas without having to do the hard stuff.

But I do love starting to create and develop new characters! That’s always so fun.

Now that it’s spring I feel very hopeful and excited for all good things coming and hopefully some warmer weather.

Unfortunately, I am noticing a trend lately. On Twitter with authors I follow, with friends/people in general. All around the writing community.

A lot of us seem to be on the receiving end of negative speeches on how the whole author thing probably won’t pan out.

Is it the never-ending winter weather? General grouchiness in the air? I don’t know. But negative people–please stop oozing your miserable, dreary attitudes onto us positive people. Please. I know misery loves company and all but geez. Stop.

It’s weird. I feel like the reactions writers are getting is on par with what someone would get if they were to say they want to move to L.A. and try and make it as an actress.

WHICH IS PERFECTLY FINE, TOO. The same way it’s fine for musicians to dream of making a hit record.

Imagine if no one ever gave it a shot. We’d have no movies or TV shows. No music. NO BOOKS.

It’s very strange to have been told your entire life you’re going to write a book someday, and then when you actually go and do it and begin the journey to getting it published you get looked at like you’re crazy.

No one should belittle your passion. Or roll their eyes at it. Or tell you in a condescending tone to make sure you have a backup plan (believe me when I say: we know.) We know we need additional support in the beginning. We know it’s not going to be instantaneous or easy. We know many authors’ books don’t pan out. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It doesn’t mean best sellers never happen or are impossible. If you have a talent, a unique concept, great people behind you, and a dream it can totally happen.

I’m not sure what gives a person the right to offer unsolicitied opinions or advice, but when it comes to others’ dreams, people feel it’s okay. It is NOT OKAY. Unless advice or an opinion is expressly sought out, it is NOT OKAY to tell a person that their dream may never come true. It is NOT OKAY to put someone on the defensive. And, unless you’ve got a crystal ball, it is really NOT OKAY to try and predict anyone’s future. Even if you do have a crystal ball: don’t tell me what my future might hold. I’d rather be surprised anyway.

I can’t help but wonder if deep down these people are threatened that we’re going for it. Or have a fear we will prove them wrong, because then, what’s their excuse for not achieving their dream?

End rant. It’s just been bugging me lately, seeing so many writers (myself included) not being 100% PROUD of writing, or feeling apologetic/defensive about our dream.

As I always say, I am a happy, positive person, so I will end this blog on a warm and fuzzy note. This past Thursday was International Happiness Day, and I had a very happy Thursday!

1) The new signed Harlan Coben I’d preordered arrived on Thursday.

^^^ eep.

2) Wheel of Fortune was in the news a lot on Thursday for Wednesday night’s epic solve (that guy is a legend in the Wheel community: he wins the daily Twitter toss-up like EVERY DAY)

3) Best of all: I got Frozen on Thursday and watched it for the first time (WAY BETTER THAN I EVEN IMAGINED)

So forget negative people and naysayers. Here’s some Olaf to make everyone happy. If you’re not familiar with the movie, Olaf is a snowman who likes warm hugs and summertime.