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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?

Megan Morgan View All

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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    • 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    • 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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  9. 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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  10. “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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