Tuesday, May 3

Ten Things I love....

Ten things I love about writing...

1. I can create my own world, complete with people I love, places I do or do not know and the story I alone envision.

2. Working in my PJs, or underpants, if I feel like it.

3. As an unpublished writer, no bosses. That changes upon publication.

4. The joy of knowing when a scene comes together. There's just nothing like the feeling of knowing you wrote a great scene.

5. The End. An even better feeling.

6. I set my own hours. I like to write until 3:00 AM. Sometimes I want to write while General Hospital is on, sometimes I don't.

7. Really awesome writer friends who "get it" when I talk about my people.

8. The smell of a completed manuscript. Yeah, smell of new paper and fresh ink.

9. The feeling of a request. There's nothing like the feeling when you get a request, yeah someone wants to read my book!

10. Critique partners. Lots of mine have transcended into friends. Lifelong friends. I can't beat that.

21 comments:

  1. A lot of what's on your list would be on mine too, D'Ann. Plus:
    --A sense of accomplishment that I have re-invented my life.
    --Using words to create a reality in someone else's head
    --Playing God with my character's lives (yeah, I know that sounds creepy, but it's true :))
    --Finding more friends than I've had since undergrad school (and ones who "get" me)
    --Being able to help someone when I crit their work. (Great reward when they say "That's what I needed.")
    The list goes on, as I'm sure you know. Great post!

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  2. Fun!
    1) All the friends I've made...
    2) The thrill of a new idea...
    3) Brainstorming with friends...
    4) When a tough scene finally makes sense...
    5) When my characters become real...
    6) When I get a good, tough crit...
    7) Pushing past the challenge of self-doubt and winning...
    8) Helping friends when and if I can...
    9) A good, strong writing streak...
    10) THE DREAM OF PUBLICATION!!!!

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  3. Hi D'Ann ~
    I can't claim all of your Ten Things, but I hope to one day. I have #'s 7 & 10 down!! and love you all. Great list. Thanks for showing me yours :) It reminds me of what to be thankful for.

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  4. You got it D! Those are great reasons :)

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  5. Your list is very similar to mine. I love the freedom of writing, and I don't just mean creating my own schedule. The freedom of creating a world where goodnes and love wins is awesome!

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  6. A lot of what you have on your list is similar to my list. One that sticks out the most to me is the friends I have made. They are so precious to me, and have made this writing gig that much more enjoyable!

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  7. Cool idea, D'Ann!

    1. My people--okay, you can call them characters if you must. I wouldn't know them if I weren't a writer!

    2. The work uniform.

    3. Playing with words--they're such fun toys!

    4. Talking to other writers.

    5. Writers know things some people don't. My kids and nieces and nephews will have their grandmother's stories in writing because a writer in the family--that would be me--knew how important the stories (and my mother-in-law) are.

    6. The work uniform.

    7. When the words flow. It is the best of things.

    8. The hours. Only because I choose them.

    9. My favorite thing that people have said to me is that I write what they feel. These are local people who are a part of my everyday life, and it thrills me if they like and identify with my voice.

    10. Did I mention the work uniform?

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  8. -the rush at writing really great dialogue.

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  9. Love your list and everyone else's too.

    I think mine would include having the excuse to research things I'm interested in. And then getting to twist it to fit my idea/story.

    And I love the feeling when everything's flowing and my pen or fingers can't keep up.

    Oh, and falling asleep thinking about my next chapter.

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  10. All the things everyone already mentioned and I will add
    I love doing what I was created to do. Some people never find that thing that makes them the happiest, craziest most fulfilled. We have.

    Thanks, D'Ann. Great post.

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  11. Number five is almost orgasmic. (sorry I couldn't resist)nine and ten run a really close second. Number four is in there too. You pretty much nailed them all.

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  12. Thanks for coming by, everyone!

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  13. Interesting to read all those. I keep in mind that points.

    Formspring clone script

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  14. I love your list-

    Ten Things I love-

    Meeting Fans of my work has to be top.

    Creating characters

    meeting friends

    paying it forward


    my publishers


    patient and brutal editors

    Seeing the stories unfold the further I get into them

    losing myself in something I never thought to do.

    Being in control

    Release Day!

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  15. D'Ann, love this list! And it's so true. I only wish i could write more and unfortunately my house is always a bit busy otherwise writing in underpants would be a huge plus, lol. I settle for sweats.

    Either way, everyone one of those things on your list speaks of enjoyment and passion and that's why we write. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  16. I loved the list...

    I can't think of a single one that wouldn't have been on my list as well.

    But above all, I simply love to write and can't imagine not doing it.

    Thanks for sharing! And I'm sorry I'm so late to the party!!!

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  17. Okay, I feel like a dope! Just realized my son was signed into Google! Marcus should be Sara...LOL

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  18. Hales, Stacy and Sara~
    Thank you for coming by!
    I appreciate all of you!

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  19. I love working in pjs! Or grungy clothes.
    I love becoming my characters--sweeet and fragile, dastardly and evil,a cowboy, a prostitute, whatever.

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  20. CJ! My friend!
    I haven't seen you for so long! Great to see you here, thanks!

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