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Writers, the new normal

I managed to complete a (very bad) novel when I first got out of college, but I didn't know any writers personally, so I didn't think of writing as a career choice. During the time I was building my marriage and my professional career, I dabbled at writing, but managed to stall halfway through a second (almost as bad) book. When I started writing seriously, several years ago, it was different. I had the compulsion to write until I finished not only a whole book, but the next one and the one after that. Computers and word processing made writing easier, it's true, but even with a PC my husband bought in support of my dabbling, I didn't finish that second book for years. Mostly what changed was me. I guess you could say the disease was in remission before, but now it's full blown.

And now I know tons of writers. Some of my best friends are writers. A good part of my social life is going to conventions and interacting with other writers.

Partly that's just because there are now so damn many of us! I wonder if you were to stop a random 100 people in the street how many would say they are or want to be writers? I suppose that depends largely on where the street is. In New York City you'd probably get a much higher percentage than in say, Peoria, Illinois. But even in Peoria, I'll bet there were would be at least a half a dozen.

Writers. We're the new normal.





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jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Who are you calling normal? ;)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hey, if there are more zombies than live people, then zombie is normal!
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
So now I'm a zombie? :P
karen_w_newton
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
If the brains fit. . .
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
So now I've got brains?... Oh, wait :)
highway_west
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
heh!

Lots of people WANT to be a writer.

Few of them knuckle down and write.

Finishing is the start!!!
karen_w_newton
Jul. 30th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Very true! No one ever published a book without finishing it. Well, not their first book, anyway. When famous writers die, their unfinished work gets finished for them. The rest of us need to do it ourselves.
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