Being Human Sucks

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Hello, everyone! Time once again to talk about our insecurities. I don’t have any specific ones this month, just the background insecurity of being a writer, I guess.

I’ve been having a good run lately. I recently had something published, I’ve got something on submission, and I’ve got a nice backlog of written stuff I’m slowly editing/revising to submit as well. Plus, I have a few ideas for other stories. So the writing life is good! But even at this stage there is constant anxiety gnawing at the back of my brain–write more, write faster, edit more, edit faster! More, more, more, you’re not going fast enough, you’re not creating enough! I wonder sometimes if this is actually a symptom of the regular anxiety disorder I suffer from and doesn’t have that much to do with writing. No matter how much I do or achieve it’s never enough.

But, humans are also goal-oriented creatures. We need something to strive for. Not having a goal or a purpose tends to make us sluggish, empty, and depressed. ‘Good enough’ never lasts long and if it did, we’d never create anything else. So maybe it’s also just human nature, keeping us running on that track, always trying to get the trophy. Man, it’s hard to be a human…

August 2nd Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Reading – I hate ham-fisted foreshadowing, even in TV shows and movies, not just books. I don’t like being bludgeoned over the head with ominous omg look what this person did guess what’s gonna happen because of it ooooooh. And then of course, it happens. I would rather clues be subtle and woven into the story so artfully it’s barely noticed until the THING happens, and then you slap your forehead and go “oh my God, I should have seen that coming!” I like to be surprised. I also like to connect the dots afterward and marvel at the wonder of storytelling.

Writing – I hate everything about writing. HA, just kidding! Really though, I hate when I have a great vision in my head, but somehow it never translates onto the screen perfectly. It falls short, or flat, somehow, or just comes out different in such a weird way it’s not exactly what I envisioned.

Editing – I hate when I’m editing my own work and am baffled at how I never passed second grade spelling/grammar, apparently.

How about you? What are your pet peeves?

49 thoughts on “Being Human Sucks

  1. Okay, so I have a book titled Being Human, so when I saw your blog post title, I had a little moment of panic. LOL

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  2. Write drunk; edit sober?!
    Congrats on all those awesome writer moments. Looks like you’ve been, and will be, productive.

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    1. Ha! I shudder to think what my manuscripts would look like if I wrote drunk. 😉

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  3. I hate when a writer explains so much that there’s nothing left for the reader to imagine . . . whether it’s “ham-fisted foreshadowing” or just overexplaining the finish to each scene, it makes me feel like the author thinks I’m too dumb to figure out out. Those same people probably explain the punchline to their jokes, too.

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    1. Exactly! Let me figure it out myself!

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  4. Ha ha ha. I hate those editing moments.

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  5. Ham-fisted foreshadowing. Love that! I mean, I don’t love it. I hate it too! And yes, being human is tough. I never seem to stop striving.

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    1. Maybe that’s what keeps us on our toes!

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  6. I am not convinced that I was taught grammar properly! As alot of thing esp with the placement of commas I am learning at 33 years old!

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    1. Hey, you never stop learning, right?! 😉

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  7. What a great prompt-wondering if I can squeeze mine too?
    I hear you on unwritten posts, too much drama in writing and yes the editing is a pain as I hate deleting what I have written. Good to read someone else’s sufferings over writing 😊 we are not alone in this.

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    1. That’s the great thing about this group, is finding out how much we have in common. It makes the difficulties of writing a little easier, knowing you’re not alone!

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  8. I’m with you on getting the vision from the brain into the written format. Always a struggle!

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    1. No doubt! If only I could just project what I see in my head onto the screen. Sigh!

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  9. Ha! I’m with you on editing my own work! (As my writers group will attest to!)

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    1. I think it’s an industry-wide issue for us! 😉

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  10. Being human, beautiful and monster all the one condition. Happy Writing.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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  11. Your peeves made me laugh, esp. your comment about 2nd grade. My 1st editor was the Comma Queen. I learned so much from her. Blatant foreshadowing. At movies, I’ll poke Hubs and say “that’s going to show up later” which of course drives him nuts. Like you, I want to be surprised but able to look back and thunk my head (how did I miss that?).

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    1. I’ve learned so much from editors too! Stuff I didn’t even realize I was doing before. They’re absolutely invaluable people, even if it hurts to get that manuscript back all marked up.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I love mysteries and love picking up on subtle clues and finding out I was right in the end and/or it is fun when the author can completely surprise me. Sounds like many of us have the editing peeve about our own stuff. 🙂

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    1. Yes, mysteries are supposed to keep you guessing! It’s just as bad in other genres too, when an author is beating you over the head with hints.

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      1. Yes, telegraphing is ok but not too much of it. 🙂

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  13. I like the subtle part in story telling too. Congrats on all your writing successes!

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  14. Ugh, yeah, When I’m editing my own work, and find ANOTHER obvious spelling/grammar mistake on the 10,000th edit, I wonder if my brain actually understands the English language at all.

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    1. LOL I’ve been there, trust me! I think many of us have.

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  15. My grammar is always especially terrible in first drafts – run-on sentences, past and present tenses to describe the same thing in the same paragraph… But having so many imperfections just means there’s more room for improvement in the editing!

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    1. Exactly, editing is all about cleaning it up! Thank goodness no one else sees our first drafts…

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  16. Being human is a mess, isn’t it? This writing thing would be so much easier if I didn’t want other humans to read my stuff. Hopefully the pressure we put on ourselves makes the work even better.

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    1. Ha! Indeed. Gosh, this human thing is so complicated, and then we add writing to the mix…

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  17. constant anxiety gnawing at the back of my brain–write more, write faster, edit more, edit faster! More, more, more, you’re not going fast enough, you’re not creating enough!

    This sounds exactly like the voice inside my head–we’re all alike in some ways I guess. All the best with hitting your goals!

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    1. Ah, if only I could destroy that voice! Thank you!

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      1. I don’t know if we can destroy it, Megan. We can listen to it with compassion, become aware that it is a thought and let it crash like a wave upon the shore of our minds. Over time, I find, the waves decrease in number and intensity.

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  18. Stephanie Scott August 2, 2017 — 10:30 AM

    I also get annoyed in TV shows in particular with heavy foreshadowing. I know a show is good when I guess and I’m wrong or I have no idea what will happen next. Fargo and Better Call Saul (and Breaking Bad) are great for this.

    Here is my IWSG post for August: Top First Pages Pet Peeves AND How to Fix Them!

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    1. I need to catch up on Better Call Saul, I’ve only watched the first two seasons, but I really liked it! It’ll never be quite like Breaking Bad, but then nothing will…

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I didn’t answer this month’s question because I feared my post would be too long. I agree with your writing pet peeve. I think things are perfect in my head then when I sit to write it it rarely works out how I envisioned it would.

    Congrats on all the things you’ve accomplished so far. It’s hard to turn off your inner critic, but to me it sounds like you are on track with a lot of great things.

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    1. Yeah, there’s just no direct translation from brain to screen, unfortunately. Thank you so much!

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  20. The editing one made me laugh.
    Being human is tough. Add writer and it’s even worse!

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    1. Being a human writer…*shudder*

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  21. I never completely remember all the rules. So I spend writing time looking the same old stuff up again and again. No doubt I’m getting old. :-/

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Same here. Thank goodness for Google, I have to look things up so often!

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      1. True, Google is very helpful. 🙂

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  22. Being human does such at times 🙂 I’m always horrified when I read my drafts and see how many silly grammatical mistakes I’ve made. I’m lucky they let me finish kindergarten.

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    1. Ha! Same here. At least we get to see them before everyone else does, right?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. “I hate when I’m editing my own work and am baffled at how I never passed second grade spelling/grammar, apparently.” LOL. I know the feeling. Also, while editing I’ll find two similar scenes back-to-back like I didn’t realise that I’ve already written it and just did it again…

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    1. Writing! It’s crazy, isn’t it? It reminds us of all our shortcomings, and yet we keep doing it again and again like fools. Sigh! 😉

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