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What Non-Writers Need To Know About Writers…

This is for all of the non-writers out there. Writer friends, feel free to share this with your non-writing friends so they can ‘get’ us, finally.

For many of my writer friends, I speak for them. We hold Skype video chats and bi-monthly conference calls discussing people like you who complicate our writing process due to your lack of understanding us. Look, we talk about our characters as if they are real people because, to us, they are. We spend a great deal of time alone because the people and the world that we are creating needs our undivided attention. We realize that you want to kick it — and while we desire to kick it as well, we have to be disciplined enough to stay focused on the writing project at hand, or else, it won’t be completed.

Get this. Writing is hard work. It takes a lot out of a person. So to be a writer, that means that a person has to genuinely love it to do it. Of course, this is true for any artistic gift, but in this case, I’m talking about people like me — the scribes, the poets, the essayists, the journalists, the novelists, the screen writers, and the playwrights. Also, for those of you who think pushing us will get the work done faster, you’re wrong.  Since writing is an exhilarating, yet tedious exercise that works every creative bone in our bodies, it is not something that can manifest under pressure.  We need space and time to create, not a constant barrage of commands parading under the guise of concern.  So, for those of you who do that, cut it out.  

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