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Friday, October 30, 2015

What I'm Not . . .

As an author, you'd assume I know what I'm doing. I don't.

I'm winging it just like the next guy. I'm constantly learning about the craft and will continue to do so until there's nothing left to learn . . . which I suppose is never. (And I love that!)

There's a difference between educating myself with the do's and don'ts of writing, soaking up all the tips, testing how to break the rules, etc AND a difference with learning about myself as a writer. Upon recent introspection, I've learned two major things about myself . . . and they're what I'm not.

1- I'm not a writer. Well I am ;), but I'm mostly a Rewriter. Some say it's not effective, it's not efficient, it's not the right way, etc, etc. I say, whatever (yes, with my non-writer's vast vocabulary I use "whatever"). For me, I find that writing my first draft is more like my outline. I have to see the ideas written in manuscript form before I can break them down and fix them. I revise a lot, and maybe others think it's unnecessary work . . . screw them . . . err . . . uh-NO! Kidding! Kidding! What I say is: it's my way of familiarizing myself with all the darn details and leaving just the ones I'm satisfied with. I like to see what's wrong and make it right.

I love being able to see the possibilities from the page and the words directly. For example, say . . . when you watch a movie or TV show and then rewrite the things you would change in your mind? That's what I do, except with my own work . . . over and over. And over again. I'm trying to work on cutting down the number of revisions, but overall this still makes me happy.

2-I'm not a "blow-your-mind-author." I'm more of an entertainer. There are authors who blow your mind with their genius work and wordsmith talents, and there are writers who are purely entertaining. They are there to take you away for a while from your everyday problems, well that's me. I write to take you on an amusing ride. You will not get philosophical thoughts, question your existence, or be traumatized. But you will laugh . . . given of course you can follow my sense of humor, for that have a drink or two while you read my work. 

So yeah I don't have "insightful OMGs," but I have "Hahahahah OMGs." You're welcome.

And now that I know where I'm at mentally as a writer—and apparently felt the need for you to know where I'm at—I'll continue on book three. I thought it was a good thing to share—maybe if you're feeling stuck, do some introspection of your own. No? Well you don't have to, but . . . it's liberating. Accepting myself is a good step to do an unofficial NaNoWriMo run. I'd do it officially, but "I'm not a writer." :P


What about you? 
What kind of writer are you NOT?

27 comments:

  1. What? No comments? How dare they not bow to your genius introspection. *bowing quickly to be the first sycophant on the page*

    I know how much of a rewriter you are, and though it sometimes drives me crazy, you deliver a really great product. And hey, who's to say that your hahahaha moments don't blow people's minds anyway? Some people are astounded by a great sense of humor and would never get the whole blow-your-mind thing anyway. You just keep being you, because that's the way we love you best.

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    1. Well yeah, I loved learning about me and I have no issues with my "ways" I'm just saying, it's good to think on them and embrace them. I feel better prepared, I guess ;)

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  2. Well, of course you don't know what you're doing. That's because editors need jobs.

    Love,
    Janie

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  3. Well the first one is a good thing for sure. Many famous authors have said all the best writers they know are actually good at revisions. If you can't tear your first draft apart and make it into something better then they have a lot to learn.

    Great post you non-writer you.

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    1. Yay for being good at revisions then . . . but you're saying not being insightful sucks? O_o :P

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  4. The problem with all the "help" out there for Indie Writers is that it all works so hard to tell you "what to be" and "what to do." I've read your work SK...you're a writer, even if you enjoy a process of 'rewriting' -- maybe not the kind of writer offered up by advice columns...but hey whatever description gets you to the next page, the next story, the next idea. As for the second point...I say it is far more a difficult challenge to make someone laugh than to make one cry.

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    1. LOL yes, I am . . . I just mean this in fun, because I feel I can't ever get one paragraph or line written the way I want the first round. I must always rewrite! Hmm, well making people cry seems very hard on my side of things hahahaha

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  5. I think I'm like you. It takes a long time of rewriting/revising until the work is polished. I think entertaining is a great vocation. My favorite stories aren't those where I moon all over the prose, but fast-paced ones with plot twists that make my jaw drop. Be who you are SK! :)

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    1. I am being me! I'm just curious to find out how my next book's writing experience will be with this knowledge, ya know? I'm embracing it . . . and I knew it was the way it was, but never thought hard on it. . . I'm getting confusing. I'll stop now.

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  6. I'm also more of a rewriter. I get even more strange looks because I rough draft thousands of words by hand. But you know what? It works for me. The moment I rough draft on the computer, it's like my "muse" shuts me down.

    Also, I'm a goal-setter.

    And I'm an editor. I love editing because that's when my book comes to resemble what I had in mind.

    And... I'm also an entertainer. I'm not here to teach people stuff (although they could probably pick up on things if they wanted to). I'm here to entertain, and maybe show people a bit of my perspective on the world. (But even that is never the primary mission. It's always entertainment for me.)

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    1. Well yes, I think people can pick things up in every book, but at least if they do in mine it wasn't planned lol And yes, you're for sure a gaol-setter! I'm in awe of your goals every month!

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  7. You're not a writer?? *moment of thoughtfulness*

    *Light bulb moment*-------------------------
    But you ARE an official and awesome-make-stuff-upper-boasting-an-arsenal-filled-with-SK'isms-and-a-kick-ass-attitude!!
    Did I get it right?

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    1. LOL well I am but I love your description way more!!! ;)

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  8. Okay...you are a writer! You're a great writer, so hush! And you're a blow-your-mind author, too. But I get what you're saying...we're all different kinds of writers. Some do better on the first draft and suck at revisions and vice versa. But it's all varying forms of writing!

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    1. Aww thanks ;)
      But yes, you know what I mean, I'm mostly talking about my process and how I can't for the life of me get one line right the first round lol

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  9. I've definitely not a blow-your-mind author. I'm just here to entertain.

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  10. I'm the same with number2. I'm not a blow your mind author. I just write for fun and hope others enjoy the ride as well.

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    1. Yes! I like taking a ride when I'm having tons of busyness going on! Imagine being "down" and reading something that will make you even more sad? lol

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  11. I read Kinetic, you're definitely a good writer!!!! I second what Michelle Wallace wrote!!

    I'm not an organized writer, no outline, no plans on what happens next, just sit down and hope something pops into my head kind of writer....

    I read books and watch movies all for entertainment purposes. And that's also how I write my books, for entertainment. Just like you. Sometimes I wish I was a blow your mind author, but I don't think I'll live to see that day. I'm also learning something new everyday. I'm constantly editing and revising too. Hope it gets easier for the both of us!

    Good Luck!!!

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    1. Thank you! :D

      I suppose the process seems daunting, but I accept it and I think that will help from now on. I know my limitations and I can make plans to challenge them . . . as can you ;)

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  12. Writing to entertain others is great motivation and you are definitely a writer. Keep going and writing or rewriting in whatever way works for you :)

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    1. Thanks!!! I shall bask in my re-writing-ness!!!!

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  13. I'd rather get "hahahaha OMGs" over "insightful OMGs" any day. I read plenty of insightful, "genius" stuff in high school that I thought was boring as hell. You constantly impress with your ability to make-stuff-up and make it be fun, which is an achievement all its own.

    I'm not a complicated writer. I don't write the kinds of things that need hours of research and tours and experiences. I just sit down, pull stuff out of my you-know-where, and hope it works out. Most of the time it does.

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  14. I am also not a blow-your-mind author. My books entertain. I also rewrite a LOT. I am more of a rewriter than a writer.

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