Friday, July 6, 2012

Storyteller's Journey

    Literary Lamentations

Since embarking on my "storyteller's journey" I have experienced the exhilarating highs of creativity, inspiration, and productivity. However, I have also experienced the depressing lows of self-doubt, discouragement, and, of course, a few rejection letters! I have always attempted to be positive on my blog, but today I thought I'd post a few common "literary lamentations." The list below contains both the serious, and the humorous negative experiences that can befall a would-be writer:

1- You incur an aching back, a sore wrist, a splitting headache, or any other physical ailment that might legitimately postpone writing!

2- You have those friends and family members who just don't get it.
"I thought you said you were writing a book...when will it be published?"
Yikes! Don't they know it takes time to write a bestseller? :-)

3- You visit the bookstore only to find that your unique plot idea has just been published in another book. Even worse, the protagonist's first name is the same as your own main character's first name.
(I'm not making this up - it happened to a good friend of mine!)

4- Your neighbors ask if you've been sick - they state they haven't seen you for weeks, and that your yard is full of weeds!

5- Your spouse asks if he can book an appointment to spend time with you!

6- You look in the mirror and don't recognize the person staring back at you. You've abandoned make-up and hair care products a long time ago!

7- You realize that your desk's swivel chair is not providing the necessary exercise to maintain your desired weight!

8- You crave the attention of a literary agent so much that when you receive a cordial rejection frame it!

Only a few of these points pertain to me...okay, maybe the majority.

I'd love to hear one of your literary lamentations!


  1. Very funny! and so much truth! haha...

    I can relate to #2. My nephew recently asked me where he could buy my book. "Um...not sold yet." Sheesh!

    1. Thanks, Loree. Unfortunately, I relate to #4 the most. My husband, Michael, has promised me he will give me a weekend soon to get our yard up to speed. Have a great weekend!

  2. Lol, I love number 7. Number two hit it for me. I've been fairly open with people about writing a book and they keep saying, "Can I download that on my nook yet?" and "You're still working on that?"

  3. Funny and true. I relate to the second one. People think that if you don't have ten books published within a year, something's wrong. Or worse. I had a guy tell me that it was easy to write a book. Then he insisted on showing me his. It was a collection of pictures that he put together with home computer software. LOL!

  4. Great list, Victoria. I can relate especially to #4 & #6. And #7 made me laugh out loud =D

  5. Too accurate by half.

    And from me: Your kettle has a breakdown due to overuse.