Thursday, March 11, 2010

Writers Anonymous

Happy Friday Folks,

In my writers' group we always stand up, introduce ourselves and talk about the things we're working on. This past meeting I sat there thinking about how this sounds like some sort of addicts meeting. So, of course, being me, I stood up and said "Wow, this sure feels like some sort of AA meeting or something." That got a laugh.

Some of the people actually did stand up say their name and say "And I'm a writer."

So it makes me wonder...for those outside of the book publishing industry and those who aren't writers or agents or any of that, what do we all look like? A bunch of addicts? Maybe people who had a few too many cups of coffee?

Regardless, I don't think, even if I could quit writing that I would. I'm happily addicted to my craft and I plan to stay that way. In fact, I'd venture to bet the majority of us feel the same...either that or our characters refuse to leave us alone. (Others would it's our voices in our heads, but we all know those voices are really our heroes and heroines telling us we just have to sit down and write their stories right now or they aren't gonna shut up...ever).

Seriously, next to chocolate, coffee, and reading, writing is my favorite addiction. I just love making up worlds and characters and immersing myself in their stories. It's just plain what I want to do.

Who cares if we get some really odd looks when we come up with a suggestion like the Manne-Vamps I talked about in a previous post. Doesn't matter...if we weren't writing these stories what would the readers out there do? They'd be lost! People depend on us to come up with these tales. I mean, I can't even imagine a world without books. (Don't want to, either).

So, when people give you odd looks, take it as a compliment. After all, one never knows when those same people might turn around and say, "I just loved your book!"

Oh yeah and by the way...my name's Bethany, and I'm a writer.

Have A Fun Friday!


Marsha Sigman said...

My name is Marsha...and I'm a WRITER. In caps. I also totally hate that part of the meeting.lol Have a great weekend.

Bethany said...


LOL it's not THAT bad. :-)