The Writer’s Curse

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Writing is both a blessing and a curse. A writer must do what he or she must do alone (excluding the editing, cover design, and all the extra hub-bub which follows the actual writing). Writing is therapeutic, and it’s one of the few professions where the writer is the only one able to complete the task.

Yes. You.

You are the only one who can write the words which are dancing around inside your skull. If you don’t, then your book will never be written. Simple as that.

And that is both a blessing and a curse.

Writing is therapeutic, but it can be a lonely task. One which, when done often enough, becomes less therapeutic and more of a chore – a detriment to one’s mental health. It is key to balance your writing life along with a regular social life.

Go out with friends every once in a while. Though many of us write for fun as well as a living, just like any daily job, it begins to weigh on a person. A writer deserves just as much a break as any man or woman in a cubicle. Stop writing for a while, go on a trip, drink a little wine, take a nice bath with some bubbles and other smell goods. Invite your spouse or significant other to join you. Why not?

But don’t forget, just like any job, you have to go back eventually, or risk losing it all together.

What do you do to get out? Any special rituals you follow? Let me know, and comment below!

Thanks for reading.

-Lissy

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7 thoughts on “The Writer’s Curse

  1. This is great. I especially appreciate, “You are the only one who can write the words which are dancing around inside your skull. If you don’t, then your book will never be written. Simple as that.”

    • Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 5 am blogging makes everything so much more artistic than I normally would post, but glad to see people like it and can connect. 🙂

      • I feel the same way. The posts everyone seem to like are the ones I wrote at 3am while up with my baby. I think its because I have less filter, and have to be inspired to write that early (instead of forcing it).

  2. Things just cleared up. Forget what I just wrote. Anyway, I don’t have words so much dancing around in my head. It’s more images. Images that need to be captured in words. The challenge for me is getting the reader to see the images as close to the way I see them in my head as possible. As far as diversions? Don’t tempt me. Once I get off track, it’s hard to get going again.

    • I wish I thought in images. Certain scenes produce images, but they are initially words, which then form an image. Though, I still only see words most of the time.

      To each his own. I’ve developed a writing habit, which I must mix in with a social life, otherwise I go mad.

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