by Edie Melson @EdieMelson
living that can make life tough. It’s easy to get focused on just the
negatives. Today I want us to celebrate the best parts of being a writer!
About Being a Writer
experiences—good and bad—to impact others. I’ve learned that we all share a
lot of the same fears, hopes and struggles. Writing gives me a chance to share
what I’ve been through and watch it impact others.
heads and it’s completely normal. Not only is it normal, but it’s downright
scary when our imaginary friends stop talking to us
write it off. Books are some of my favorite things in the whole world. Now
I need to buy them to further my career.
on those who irritate us. Of course we don’t make them recognizable, but it
makes us feel better when we can expose their actions in our books. After all, there’s a reason for that old saying, the pen is mightier than the sword.
pajamas. Or at least in comfy clothes. There’s something to be said for
working at home where we don’t have to worry about how we look.
I’m a total control freak, so being in charge fits my personality
perfectly. I’m in charge of me, my schedule (to a certain degree) and I get to
tell my characters what to do.
other writers – and some of them are famous. Some of my first heroes were
authors. Now, I’m friends with other writers and get to hang out with the
people I’ve always admired.
anything we want. I like to think of it as a healthy curiosity. I refuse to accept my husband’s description of me as nosey.
paper. Again, these are some of my favorite things. But since I earn my
living as a writer, I have to have them for my business.
things up. No, not when we’re writing articles and things like that. But
for those of us who write fiction, we get to create everything from our
Writers look at the world a little differently. We can embrace that because
people expect it. No need to hide behind a mask of normalcy.
daydreaming are legitimate work time. Even if we write nonfiction, we still
have to come up with new and different ways to present the information. That
means time spent thinking and dreaming is a workday requirement.
enough to follow our dreams. We talk a lot about the fears that come with
being a writer. It’s important to never forget the courage it takes to
following our dreams. That’s something we should celebrate!
your favorite thing? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section
Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including her most recent, fiction, Alone, and nonfiction, While My Child is Away. She’s also the military family blogger at Guideposts.org. Her popular blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She’s the the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine, Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy, and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com.