Deadly Ever After

The Writing Adventures of The Undead Duo–Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

On Apologizing For Writing by Julie

TODAY’S BREW: Chocolate Milk Shake. Thank you, Target.

By Julie

“Remember, this is only a first draft.”

“I should have gone over it one more time before giving it to anyone.”

“I can’t believe I wrote that.”

“Reading my first book is so embarrassing.”

These are just a few of the things I hear writers say every single day. I’m guilty, too, but then I shut my damn face because every once in a while something like this happens:

“I followed you on Twitter because you remind me of the character I just wrote in my book, THE WIND BETWEEN WORLDS.”

“You wrote a book??? That’s awesome!”

She didn’t say:

  • “WHO IS YOUR AGENT?”
  • “WHAT PUBLISHING HOUSE PICKED YOU UP?”
  • “IS IT A NY TIMES BEST SELLER?”
  • “IS THERE EVEN ONE TYPO IN IT?”
  • “ARE YOUR CHARACTERS ONE DIMENSIONAL?”
  • “WELL, DOES ANYONE ELSE LIKE IT?”

None of these things came up. She just said “you wrote a book? That’s awesome!”

You know what? The book could be about frigging cats that sell hot dogs to the Taliban, and if I wrote it from beginning to end, if I committed to completing it and stuck to that idea enough to make it real, even if it was just for my own eyes, THAT IS AWESOME.

*slaps you* GODDAMMIT YOU LISTEN TO ME.

DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR THE THING YOU CREATED.

YOU BROUGHT A THING TO LIFE.

A THING THAT DIDN’T EXIST EVEN IN THEORY BEFORE YOU DID IT.

DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR MAKING THINGS.

DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR NOT BEING BETTER.

YOU’RE A CREATOR. FEEL AWESOME ABOUT IT.

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3 thoughts on “On Apologizing For Writing by Julie

  1. I really needed to hear this today. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  2. Bless you for your insistence! Half the time, I’m amazed when I create unique people & places (& creatures!) that never existed. The other half, I think to myself, I haven’t pubbed anything, I give it away, it must contain vast suckability. It’s a balancing act. I haven’t lost my marbles, but they roll back and forth in my brain. LOL I’ll try harder.

  3. I wrote a book! WOOHOO!!!! Now don’t slap me. And I want a chocolate milkshake. In all seriousness… GREAT POST! Sometimes we dwell on the wrong things.

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