Monday, August 24, 2015

Dammit, Jim! I'm a writer, not a [marketer/webmaster/accountant...]

Hang around any writer's forum long enough and you'll be sure to run into a few people griping about
A post by Mary Fan
how they miss the good old days, when writers were expected to, you know, write, and someone else took care of the rest. Personally, I think the "good old days" are basically a fairy tale... you know, a "once upon a time" that never actually happened. One thing's for sure, though. If you want to be an author in 2015, you've got to do way more than just write books.

It's a tiring and frustrating thing sometimes, and one day, when I was feeling especially frazzled, I decided to procrastinate on all the things I was supposed to be doing by making a graphic that sums up what it feels like... Behold, the fruits of my procrastination...


I had more but they wouldn't fit.

8 comments:

  1. This is so flippin timely as I spent the whole damn day working on my website, trying to make a few new pages. It took the whole damn day. I didn't write. But it had to be done.

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    1. Ugh, been there! I feel like I've spent this entire year so far doing writing-type things that were not actual writing...

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  2. And this list doesn't even include amateur psychologist -- for yourself and fellow writer friends when the plague of self-doubt and despair hits. I'm not sure there are many other jobs where the majority of people actually doing that job doubt themselves quite as much as writers.

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    1. So true! If you add in what it takes to be part of the writer community, the list gets much, much longer... therapist, career counselor, editor, mom...

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    2. Mary, I've always thought of you as my mom.

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    3. Makes sense, since I adopted you as my Franzen

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  3. Very accurate list! I often find it hard to balance the time between all these roles, and my mom/wife roles as well! But, I wouldn't trade it for anything :-)

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