Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Hi, my name is Sara and I am a writer."

     Which is exactly what I would say if there ever existed a meeting for writers who are absolutely in love with their craft.  Because, let's face it, writing is addictive.  I started writing in 2007, but my love of fiction began the day I was born.  My parents swear that I was born with a book in my hand.  Books have always been a form of escapism for me.  I never leave home without one.  But since I've started writing, not just fiction but my freelance articles, I've come to the conclusion that I cannot get enough of it.  I find myself daydreaming about writing when not doing it.
     Mondays are the only time that I can fully devote an entire day to my writing, since my day job begins on Tuesday.  During the week, I diligently work every night from 8:00-10:30 on my writing.  Unfortunately I have to get up early to go to work at my dad's dental office, so I'm not always able to work later into the night like I would like to.  Once I put the pen and paper away and turn out the lights, I find myself fighting the urge to turn the lights back on and hit the power button on my computer.  I have to force myself to lie there and wait for sleep to take me.
     I don't know if anyone feels the same way, but I find it hard to shut off my drive to write at a certain time at night.  It's like a drug.  Creativity feels good.  You are in another world, you're interacting with these people that are so three dimensional to you, and sometimes it's hard to say goodbye.  Maybe you had a bad day at work, and writing fiction is your escape out of reality.  Well, sometimes I find it hard to shut everything off and leave my world of characters to go to sleep and face reality again in the morning.  During the day I find myself wondering, "what is so and so doing?"  I can't wait to get home and get my fix.

Monday, January 16, 2012

They're Just Not That Into You

     Let's face, as writers we experience a certain amount of frustration on a daily basis.  Whether it's trying to meet deadlines, tracking down contacts for an article, or trying to get a speedier response from an editor. A good portion of our time as freelancers is spent querying those potential one-time employers, who will let us write for their magazine.  But, sometimes, we don't always hear back from those editors.  It can be frustrating as Hell.  We send our follow-up queries every week like clockwork, never thinking that we are maybe being too pushy, or coming off as needy.
     Just as in relationships, we are left wondering "why won't they call me" (or in our case, "why won't they email me back)?  "  We begin to question ourselves as writers, and then out comes the chocolate and that quart of Cherry Garcia ice cream.  When in reality, there are probably a myriad of reasons why that specific editor hasn't gotten back to us.  Maybe what we queried them with doesn't fit the theme of their magazine.  Maybe our query got lost in the hundreds of other emails they receive on a daily basis.  Or maybe they just didn't like what we had to query them with, and they don't have the common decency to email us back to let us know.  I mean, they can at least do that can't they?!
     So, as in the dating world, if you haven't heard back in a certain amount of time, then maybe that editor wasn't worth working with after all.  There are plenty of other editors in the literary pool, perhaps one of them will buy your idea.