#Author vs. #Writer

“I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because well, as you’ll see proofing my own work can be stressful.”

(It’s very useful too!)

 

How long has it been since I actually wrote up a post about writing?  I honestly don’t remember the last time!  Wow.

How have you guys been?  Missed me much?  Probably not.  But oh well.  I’m back, baby.  For now at least.

I’ve been BUSY!  If you’ve been following my blog tour, you’ll know that.  I’ve been doing my best to keep my head above water and not get too stressed.  But, that hasn’t happened.  I have been so stressed these past few weeks it felt like I couldn’t breathe.  It got in the way of my writing, and I am most certainly not happy about that.

I was on a roll, writing somewhere between 2-3000 words a day (not significant but good for me), and then bam – 200 words in three days.  I, mean, words are after all words, but I don’t like what stress does to me.

First of all, I’m a stress eater, and I hate that about myself.  Secondly, it definitely isn’t good on my health as I mentioned earlier, and thirdly, it gets in the way of my writing!

If you haven’t heard, I’m in the process or looking for agents.  It sucks.  Rejections come, and then no answers sometimes.  Nothing’s come of it so far, but daggum, I won’t give up!

Ok, sorry, back to writing and stress.  It’s weird that writing isn’t what’s causing me stress.  Usually I’m stressed out by where my novels are going or if they’re good enough.  Blah blah blah.  But it’s quite the opposite, being an author is stressing me more than being a writer.

There’s a difference?  A HUGE difference!  Keeping up appearances, social media-ing, coming up with witty tweets, being available for emails, Facebook messages, etc, it’s so time consuming and frustrating!  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love it, but sometimes, I guess that being an author can overcome being the writer.

Despite everything we have going on, we need to sit back and say, “I’m a writer first.”  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m being too ambitious, but all of my stress has really gotten in the way of my writing, and I think sometimes we need to reevaluate what’s important to us.

Sorry, I’m not usually the philosophical type, but sometimes, we have to do what best benefits our health and well-being and do what is important to us.  Because writing is very important to me.  It honestly is a release for my racing mind, but I’ve been focused on it being my “job” and not my “dream.”  When that happens, I start stressing out, and as I mentioned, that’s definitely not good for me, us.

Just take some time to write.  Not because you feel like you need to but because it’s what you want to do.  I think that’s what’s important.

How about you?

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**On a side note, I’ve been considering proofreading authors’ novels.  Maybe I don’t need to add that stress to me, but I really like grammar.  Thoughts?**

8 thoughts on “#Author vs. #Writer

  1. I hear you, Emerald. The non-writing side of writing can really take it out of you, sometimes. Take care of yourself, lady, and (preaching to myself here, too) remember that carving out a little “Me Time” here and there is an important part of that!

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  2. I can totally relate!🙂 And I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew. Pauline Creeden has this cool devo that hit home with me. I blogged about it awhile ago, will have to dig it back up. But she was talking about how we are like plants. Oh, I will have to find it, because remembering off the top of my head isn’t working.🙂

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  3. The business side can definitely overwhelm the creative side. Robert Fripp (a great guitarist) once said that the biggest surprise about becoming a professional musician was how little time he spent making music and how much doing everything else.

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