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16 April 2010 @ 10:07 pm
what writers do  

Neil Gaiman posted on Twitter to say “I am sitting in an Indianapolis Starbucks writing a speech in a moleskine notebook. I feel like a lazy writer’s idea of what a writer does.”

This amused me inordinantly. :) I think it’s what people who want to have written think writers do. And people who talk about needing to Feel Their Muse before they can write. “Sitting in a coffee shop with one’s notebook,” said my Mom, “waiting for The Muse.”

“Staying out of the sunny windows and growing one’s hair too long so one can look Pale and Artistic,” said I in return.

Possibly I’m a little cynical. :)

(It reminds me very much of the person on Facebook who said following writers on Facebook and Twitter radically changed her perception of how writers worked. She’d vaguely thought, in so far as she’d thought about it at all, that it was, yeah, just that, sitting waiting for Inspiration and The Muse, but no, she had discovered, it was really WORDCOUNT WORDCOUNT WORDCOUNT MUST ACHIEVE THE WORDCOUNT! pretty much day in and day out. :))

Also, totally unrelated, I can’t help watching the news coverage of Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption (and no, I did not type that out, I cut and pasted it) and the consequential air traffic disruption, etc, and thinking something to the effect of “Welcome, Mankind, to the 21st Century. Just in case you were wondering, you are still Mother Nature’s bitch.”

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(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on April 16th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Mankind, to the 21st Century. Just in case you were wondering, you are still Mother Nature’s bitch.”

Word.

Also, to the folk I just saw on the news at local airports, bitching because nobody will tell them anything -- dudes and dudettes, they don't know. They're scrambling to find cots and whatnot for y'all, and worrying if they're going to have jobs when the cost of all this shakes out, and they Just. Don't. Know.

But they do know, and you should too, that you do NOT want your bird flying through those clouds. So we're really terribly sorry but short of putting you on a boat (and I'm amazed some cruise ship line hasn't tried to take advantage of this by offering cheap travel to Europe for those stranded), there's not much anyone can do. :-(

The One and Only: Divalicious!technocowboy on April 16th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I adore you. Here and on Twitter. You brighten my day. :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on April 16th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Something I've discovered is that once you're firmly entrenched in a career, it can be difficult to imagine how outsiders perceive that field. Greg and I have had numerous conversations about the catering/restaurant business, because he's been in for nearly 20 years and doesn't understand how people could not know to ask certain questions. I've seen this happen with computer geeks, too.
Lady Doomlithera on April 16th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
I know most people have no idea what my job entails....
Geek of Weird Shitgows on April 16th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Which is . . . ?
Lady Doomlithera on April 16th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I was up until recently a buyer for a large e-commerce company. Now, I do project management for the team I used to work on.
Geek of Weird Shitgows on April 16th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
*blinks* Yeah, no idea what either of those jobs /really/ entail.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on April 16th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
project management = cat-herding. ADD cats.
Geek of Weird Shitgows on April 16th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I know /that/. I just don't know what sort of day-to-day headaches are involved, of which I am sure there are many.
rfrancis on April 16th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I dunno about you, but most of my scriptwriting of the last year involved me sitting in bed with my laptop, swearing.
Nimtouchstone on April 16th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I figure it has to be like amateur versus professional in any other field...the amateur feels 'inspired', and does some work. The professional wakes up, has a headache, isn't feeling well, has a dozen other things to do, it's raining...and works.

Waiting for your muse is a luxury :)
rfrancis on April 16th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
People who think like that should call in to their day jobs and say they won't be in until the muse speaks to them.
kitmizkit on April 17th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
EXACTLY!!!!!!
La Mutant of Repute: Write - muses are busymutantenemy on April 17th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I thought very much like the person on FB that one would have to wait to be inspired. LOL! That is until I started doing NaNo four years ago and quickly discovered, "Holy crap! Writing IS hard!". My eyes have been opened and to this day I love to follow authors on Twitter and LJ because not only do I get reminded that to be a writer you have to DO THE WORK, but also enjoy learning more about the publishing world from their point of view.