Best and worst things about being a writer

We love this funny and insightful guest post from Scott Cramer about the highs and lows of being a writer:

writerBest and worst things about being a writer:

Best – Not having a boss.

Worst – Not having a boss! Once in a while it’s good to be told what to do.

Best – Being selected by a sixth-grade reader to be their “author” in their school author fair.  Thank you, Katie.

Best – Naming a tropical storm, ‘Katie’, in my next book, and naming a hurricane (which plays a very big role), ‘David’.  David’s Mom is a YA book blogger from Chicago and David pitches in to write reviews every now and then.

Best – Having a reader write to say they are well beyond the young adult years (72 years old) and they loved the book.

Worst – Trying to come up with tweets and facebook posts when I have nothing to say.

Worst – The psychic torment/the pain in the soul/the gut wrenching sense of imbalance that I find myself experiencing during a first draft, which can last for months and months.

Best – Surviving the above.

Worst – You tell someone you have written a book. They immediately respond that they like to read and then tell you about the book they are reading.

Best – Getting to know people from Bulgaria (my cover designer), Portugal, Sweden, UK, and the US (beta readers) and bloggers from everywhere.

Worst – Reading the work of so many talented authors and thinking, wow, incredible, what command they have of the craft… and then realizing there is no way I can do that; it is simply a talent gap that exists.

Best – Realizing that I have something to offer that nobody else does… I can be me, with a unique point of view, and if I really stay true to who I am and how I think and speak and view the world,  then talent doesn’t matter as much.

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Book 1 in Scott’s fantastic YA sci fi Toucan Trilogy is currently FREE, so I’d definitely bag yourself a copy. It’s a great read!

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10 thoughts on “Best and worst things about being a writer

  1. Meg Lacey

    As a writer myself I really agree with these best and worst comments. For me the best thing is being able to tell a story and share it with readers. The worst thing is having to write the book after I get the great idea. LOL
    Meg Lacey aka Lynda Miller

  2. Tracey Lyons

    Great blog, Scott. Love these comments! The best thing about being a writer for me is being able to do what I love everyday. The worst thing is the self-doubt that comes with creating a really good story and hoping someone will love my story as much as I do and want to see it in print.
    Tracey Lyons aka Tracey Sorel

    1. Sha Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Tracey. As long as you have some satisfying moments to balance out those blips of self-doubt, then I’d say your best outweighs your worst :)

    2. scott

      I hear the “self doubt” part from a lot of people. I think it’s really common. I’m certainly no stranger to it.

  3. Emily Harper

    Great blog post! For me I would say it is this:

    Best: Seeing my books finally in print, holding them in my hands and knowing no matter what happens, these books are proof that if you work hard you can accomplish your dreams.

    Worst: When someone asks you what your book is about and that carefully worded pitch you have been practising over and over again comes out as “It’s about a girl looking for love”. Yep that’s original ;)

    1. Sha Post author

      I agree, crafting a pitch can be harder than writing the book. Maybe we need a blog post on pitch-writing…

  4. Mike Kingdom-Hockings

    It’s a while since I did fiction, and that was a short story. Short or very short is still my style, so I don’t suffer the agonies of those who need to make a decent job of 50,000 – 100,000 words before they offer their baby to the public.

    My current projects are all targeted at my bright and lively 8-year-old granddaughter and children like her, so I’m enjoying myself.

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