Writing Comfortably

Because this pic is the bomb…

Seriously, are you this comfortable in your writing life?  When someone asks, do you proudly answer: I’m a writer?  If so, how did you reach this point of complete openness?  If not, does admitting that you write fiction make you feel vulnerable and exposed? 

What steps have you taken to write comfortably?

Fellow blogger, AQCer, crit partner and good friend, Mindy McGinnis, provides pat answers to help you navigate the “So, what do you do?” question.


10 responses to “Writing Comfortably

  1. Hey wow! Thanks for the mention 🙂

    You know where is stand on the “I’m a writer.” Somewhere between architect and big fat liar.

    • LMAO! And no problem on the mention. Somehow in my picture, I see you poking your paw between the bars to antagonize the innocently sleeping dog. That, in and of itself, is worthy of comfort on one level or another!

  2. #3 cracked me up. I’ve run into people like that. Unilateral enthusiasm and assumptions of kinship are the hardest to deal with. I’m glad to be a recluse, which is protection of a sort, but it happens on the web, too.

  3. It took me a couple of decades to get to the point of answering proudly that I am a writer. And now I’ve been answering proudly for a couple of decades. I can see there is a big difference between the two. The writing has gone a lot better in the couple of decades when I’ve been answering proudly that I’m a writer. I think one of the biggest steps we can take to write comfortably is to stop putting pressure on ourselves. I agree with Jonathan Franzen when he said, “When I write I want no one else in the room, even myself.”

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    • That’s been my experience as well. As soon as I looked upon myself respectfully as a writer, my over-all writing experience became much easier and more enjoyable. Sometimes taking that step can be difficult, though.

      Thanks so much for sharing your story. It’s always nice to know there are successes out there!

  4. I have to admit Cat, I’m not comfortable at all with the title of ‘writer’. I’m still trying to figure it all out, although with the help of all my writer buddies, I’m learning to accept it more and more. My discomfort level doesn’t stop me from still working toward my goal of writing a decent novel and have it be published by ‘whatever means necessary’..lol. Whether it be traditional or epublished, it will see the light of day, eventually. I know I have so much to learn, so I have a hard time accepting the title ‘writer’.

    • Suzanne, my agent once said, and I’m paraphrasing his quote, “You are professional writer the minute you start acting like one.”

      Don’t sell yourself short. No matter how many years we have under our belts, we can learn something new every day. Likewise, we always have room for improvement!

      Best luck with your writing journey. I have faith in you!

  5. I solve the problem by not telling anyone I write 🙂 When I’m farther along in the journey, I’ll take that step 🙂

    • Sometimes work or personal lives get in the way of that comfort level, Jemi. Sometimes there is no reconciling work and real life depending on genre or job descriptioons.

      That’s what pen names are for!

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