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The Pros and Cons of the Writing Life

Madeline McEwan is back with another humorous post about what it means to be a writer (and her sketches)…

Terminology

Pro and Con – This idiom is taken from the Latin: pro for “for” and con for “against.”

Pro and Ant – [do not muddle with Pro and Con] Protagonist [hero] – the main character in a drama. The antagonist is the main character’s chief opponent. [Anti-hero, baddy, and sometimes victim]

Side Hustle – Making extra cash flexibility. Either your true passion or something you care about the most without quitting your day job

 

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Cons

 

  1. Unless you are a super successful novelist on an international bestseller list, you are stuck with your day job[s] to pay the bills.

 

  1. Writing takes a great deal of time and effort. Re-writing takes a great deal of time and effort. Editing takes a great deal of time and effort.

 

  1. If you are new to the writing life, accept the fact that in the future you will spend more time marketing than writing. [And/or re-writing and/or editing]

 

  1. To write successfully you must acquire a huge ego to keep submitting your stories, and a thick skin to cope with rejection.

 

  1. Writing takes discipline.

 

  1. Writing takes oodles of imagination.

 

  1. Together, 4 & 5 mean you are a strict liar peddling stories to extort money for deception—avoid adding this detail to your resume.

 

 

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Pros

 

  1. Finally, you are your own boss even if it’s only for a few minutes or hours a day, and you have found a legitimate “side hustle.”

 

  1. A writer gains complete control over other people’s lives—and doesn’t let the fact that they are fictional characters dent their confidence.

 

  1. You can “play” with your imaginary friends in your head while the rest of your body conforms to the social norms and expectations of daily life.

 

  1. Writing is far cheaper than therapy.

 

  1. A novelist can legitimately claim the excuse of “research” for any perceived transgression.

 

  1. Admit you are a writer to anyone making your life more difficult than it needs to be, and advise them that they will be the [named] baddy in your next blockbuster.

 

  1. There is no commute. There is no expense. There is no age barrier. And … there is no dress code. [At least, initially]

 

About Madeline

Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s.

She is a member of the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime, Norcal.  She maintains a blog with a loyal following. Her platform is associated with the Autism Hub [UK], as well as the usual Facebook and Twitter accounts, predominantly in the realm of disabilities.

 

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