Er… What? Writer?

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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There are certain things to consider when you’re a writer. First of all, you don’t actually need to go to college to be one! I know. That’s why I’m a writer. Of course, it’s normally preferred if you got to college as a backup. Let’s see… Stephen King got a teacher’s license and worked as a creative writing teacher before he was published. 

Brandon Sanderson, China Mieville, etc. they all lecture now at colleges. But as such, being a writer isn’t so… Respectable. I mean, you technically live inside your head for most of the day, and you might get a million dollars from it. (If you’re J.K. Rowling.)

So, it’s understandable that people go, “Er… What? You’re a writer? Oh… My Uncle was a writer… He died at 30.”

The last part was a personal experience, don’t worry about it. But, that is generally the reaction. Especially considering being a writer normally means you have no money. That’s why I’m trying to get published while I’m still angel-like in appearance. (FINE. Kidding.)

Why? Well, writing is difficult. Writing for money is even harder. I want to get published so I can make money and pay for my own college. It’s not that I feel like I owe my parents or anything. (I’m not one of THOSE people.)

It’s that I want to, is all. It means I get to go to class and just leave because am paying for the tuition. Though if I’m paying for it, I will milk the sucker for good. I will sleep in a classroom, and never leave. I’ll be the creepy guy at the corner that asks you what grades you have and asks if you cheated. Yeah. That guy.

There is one thing that I wanted to tell you all about writers. One thing we all share. We don’t all share a bathroom, writing program, or even writer’s block. There are some geniuses that don’t suffer from that, and I intend to avoid those writers forever. Hear that, Caleb? Yeah, avoiding you. For good.

But we do share the need and the thirst to be respected. We want to be respectable. Let’s face it. We need the ego boost of being told, “I feel as if you’re handsome by the way you write.”

The example over there happens to me all the time. Don’t believe me? Well, avoiding you too.

I think, for us writers, the best we could do is to write what we think is respectable. It’s very subjective. We shouldn’t write the cleanest piece of literature if you have to force yourself. “Oh, to be respectable, I need to write a clone of Harry Potter.”

No. Writers shouldn’t force themselves to bend to the will of the public before they’ve even started. Write something you like, and if you are still happy when you’re at page 100, then that’s good. If you’re miserable the entire time, then it will show in your writing.

To be truly respectable is to try your hardest at your book, and to never go, “Well, this will never be published, so I’m going to write a rape scene where they massacre the entire population of China and enslave all the white people.”

Don’t do that… Mostly because that’s the plot of my book. GOT IT?


In conclusion, I am rather crazy, and anyone that says otherwise is… Well, thank you. I really appreciate that. 

But it’s doubtful anyone will argue with me on that note. So! I bid you all adieu.


That’s right. French. I’m fancy like that.

  1. C.Hill says:

    Well, I’m 100pgs in and haven’t recieved writers block yet, though I believe that stems from extensive plotting so far. I actually get the funny looks as well when I tell people I’m a writer. Others shrug, like they knew I would do it.
    I also think you might need to show the populace some of your work. *nudge*

    • J.A. Romano says:

      Hah, I’m astute enough to notice the blatant hint. I’ll definitely upload the prologue of my book. Most likely later today. I’m looking forward to some of your work on Acerbic. I really like the little tidbit I read – the blurb, I mean.

      Scratch that. Still ignoring you. And how long has it taken you to get to 100 pages? Took me technically over a year. And then I hauled ass and finished it in half a year. I still wish I could’ve finished my story faster, but at least I got it done before my birthday.

      • C.Hill says:

        I started writing it in late August. So, about four months. My first novel took me about six months to et there, but I took whole weeks off with bursts of writing in between. Now it’s more of a pace.

  2. tktrian says:

    Loved the post! Esp. this bit: “Writers shouldn’t force themselves to bend to the will of the public before they’ve even started. Write something you like, and if you are still happy when you’re at page 100, then that’s good. If you’re miserable the entire time, then it will show in your writing.” Oh boy, preaching to the choir! 😉

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