A time to write

Every so often I meet a moron. Here’s how it goes:

Them: You’re a writer? me too!

Me: Oh, what do you write?

Them: Oh, anything really.

Me: What are you working on at the moment?

Them: Wellllll. . . . at the moment I’m studying/working/waiting for inspiration.

To which I say (silently): Bah!

And I’m not the only one.

If you don’t WANT to write – don’t. If you don’t have the time to write – don’t. Live a happy and productive life. Just don’t pretend you and I have a major life purpose in common.

Writers write. Mostly because they can’t help it.

Right now, for example, I should be feeding my infant. Excuse me.

6 thoughts on “A time to write

  1. A friend of mine – who really is a writer – said something similar to me the other day! She said that writing is like giving birth to every word, it’s work, it’s real effort. Me, I’m a very casual writer. I do bits and pieces when I feel like it, and I’m not bad at it. But I wouldn’t ever tell somebody “I’m a writer.” I’m a mother and a wife and a student who just happens to sometimes write. hehe

    • Stace: I have a friend (Ben, in fact, who sometimes comments here) who really doesn’t write except when a group of us hold him down and withhold chocolate until he produces something. But he’s very talented, and tends to write wonderful things. When he could be bothered. Which is absolutely fine.

  2. Does you laptop have that brand of crazy that makes people wear a tin foil hat to stop the government reading it’s thoughts?

    • Ann: I wondered if I’d get a comment on the tin foil or the facebook screen first.
      The tin foil is because Ana sits above the laptop and quietly sheds fur, gravel, and clods of mud (really). Since I use a separate keyboard anyway, the tin foil prevents the laptop keyboard from actually getting enough dirt and cat fur in the keys to grow plant matter.

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