IWSG Post #03

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NOVEMBER’S QUESTION:Β What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

Look at me remembering this in time and posting during NaNoWriMo! These are a few of my favorite things:

* Getting lost in daydreaming about a story. I enjoy this part even more than actually writing it.

* This is work I can do in my pajamas before I’m even out of bed for the day. I mean, I don’t get paid for it and I usually have to get out of bed anyway and go in to the office, but still. Weekends are great.

* Writing to try and make sense of reality or explain something to myself. I did this a lot with research papers in college, but it works with fiction too.

* The “ah ha!” feeling of finally figuring out a solution to a troublesome plot hole.

* Character building. I love taking an idea for a person and fleshing them out into a believable, unique character with their own hopes, dreams, and motivations. Even if they sometimes take an odd turn and develop traits I hadn’t expected or planned for in their story.

* Being impartial. As the writer I don’t feel like it’s my place to pick a stance one way or another about what happens in my stories — not that I don’t, but I keep it out of my writing because that responsibility falls on the characters that live in inhabit the story. As a person who’s never been terribly good at picking sides, it’s a nice reprieve.

* Feedback. I really enjoy getting constructive criticism and figuring out which comments I should take into account and then working the suggestions and new ideas into my writing. Honestly, I don’t think I would have turned out this way if it hadn’t been for college writing classes and seriously getting into writing fanfiction at roughly the same time. The support, camaraderie, and positive feedback (from either source) was enough of a counter note to the negative crap (from either source) that I ended up fairly resilient.

 

Sunday Gratitudes #41

This would be number 42 — which is, after all, the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. But I didn’t post last Sunday due to a combination of forgetting until the last minute and then not having time. That’s life though, right?

I’m grateful for…

πŸ“Œ – Writing so much lately!

πŸ“Œ – Good feedback on what I’ve written from my partner. 

πŸ“Œ – Both of us doing NaNoWriMo this year!

πŸ“Œ – My coworker giving me a Kleenex with a dab of peppermint oil to help counteract my vertigo. 

πŸ“Œ – A very good therapy session. At one point I was remind me that, when it comes to my fiction writing, I am very good at taking feedback andincorporating it into my edits. (Nonfiction is still touchy but I’m aware of and working on that.)

πŸ“Œ – Fantastic seasonal pizzas at our favorite local farm to table restaurant. 

πŸ“Œ – New audiobooks from the library! It’s been a while. 

πŸ“Œ – Visiting the Sebastopol library for the first and second times. It’s a neat little place. 

πŸ“Œ – Our aforementioned favorite restaurant called me at work asking to buy cider! I left a business card with the bill because it makes me feel like a real adult and because I knew our former sales rep had been working to bring them on board before she left. Jackpot!

πŸ“Œ – Getting my flu shot.

πŸ“Œ – Making a doctor appointment and getting my prescription renewed. 

πŸ“Œ – Not being put on edge by the fact that it was a male doctor. 

πŸ“Œ – The doctor mentioning that over the counter lavender oil pills have good antidepressant propperties. I’m going to give those a shot. 

πŸ“Œ – Having five months worth of refills until I have to worry about my prescription again. 

πŸ“Œ – Leftover pizza!

πŸ“Œ – Having a partner who can have a sweaty day and still smell really good.