30 January 2010

The Thing About Being a Writer...

Mood: Frustrated (Really? My laptop is about to become a missle like object in an effort to diffuse the angst of writer's block. And for those of you who say it doesn't exist? I hope that my purple, sparkly laptop slams upside your head. I think the thud would be very satisfying.)

What I'm Watching: Lying to be Perfect (One of the few times I've given into the lure of a Lifetime Movie. This time it was because the description sounded suspiciously like a book I recently read. Turns out that I was totally right...it is based on the book I read. Go me!)

...is that you have to be just a little unbalanced to do it. Really, we spend all day (and sometimes most of the night) talking to people and about people who don't exist outside the confines of our own minds (although, I wouldn't want to mention that to my main character Rory, she doesn't know she's not exactly, well, a real person...she's a bit sensitive about it in fact). Let's face it, if we didn't do that sitting at a computer screen under the guise of "being creative", we'd be sitting in a nice padded cell under the guise of being completely off our rockers.

After spending all afternoon trying to figure out why, exactly, my main character continues to thwart my writing process, I have come to the conclusion that spending the day arguing with a fictional character in my mind might qualify me for the short line to the prozac express. Thankfully I'm okay with the idea of being slightly off my nut. After all, as a writer, I'm in very good company: Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemmingway and Sylvia Plath just to name a few. All very talented, very successful and very mentally unbalanced writers. Now I'm not endorsing putting ones head in an oven ala Sylvia Plath or using a shotgun to pierce one's ears ala Ernest Hemmingway, I'm simply saying that there is a long line of connection between creative genius and slight bent towards the insane. Which means that my insanity isn't an affliction it's a manifestation of my creative genius!!

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So, embrace your inner writer and your inner writer's inner crazy person. Run with it and let it unleash the power of your creative genius! But, if you find yourself thinking of the oven as a place to keep your head? Well, they make medication for that now. You might want to get some.



  1. So Ernie "pierced his ears"? LOL. You are a gem, Rhonda. I've left you some well-deserved bling over at my blog.

    I think the DSM-5 might have to add "writer" to its pages. We are indeed a delusional bunch.

  2. Hahahaha!! Oh how you make my day. My favorite:

    "I have come to the conclusion that spending the day arguing with a fictional character in my mind might qualify me for the short line to the prozac express. Thankfully I'm okay with the idea of being slightly off my nut."

    Dude, what I have I said? Twins, I tell you. This is so me. I could have written this exact post, although, probably not anywhere near as well or with your fabulous flair for snark.

    So says the dumb one of us. Don't listen to her, Rhonda. She's insecure. I totally could have written that post. Pshaw!

    Shut UP, Lolita! *Turns back to Rhonda* Sorry, 'bout that, Rhonda. She appears at the worst--

    Anyone want an oatmeal raisin cookie? I've just baked--

    Will you both just SHUT UP? Geeeeeezzz...*Turns back to Rhonda, rolling her eyes* My apologies, Rhonda. Suffice it to say, you are brilliant. I adore you. Don't give yourself such a hard time. Writers might be a little bit nutty, but everybody knows we're not crazy. Not really.

  3. @Laurel: WoooHooo!!! New blog bling! I'm not worthy but I'm going to head over and pick it up just the same. :)

    Also? I seriously think you're right about "writer" being a new entry in the DSM-5!! :)

    @Carol: Girl, as usual, you are my writin', bloggin' twin!!! LMAO! And, at least one of your personality bakes...oooohhhhh oatmeal raisin cookies...mmmmm.

    *excuse me, have to duct tape the mouth of my cookie eating personality. Judging by the current size of my arse, I obviously let her have free reign far too often*

    We're definitely a nutty bunch but at least we're all in great company!!! :)

  4. I am definitely nuts. I don't know why I prefer the companionship of my characters over most of the people I interact with. It's beyond bizarre but I surrender myself to it. Me = writer = nuts = oh well!


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