Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging is my opportunity to discuss my bookish and blogging thoughts, whenever I feel like!
I’ve been asked more than once what I write or if I’m planning on doing NaNoWriMo and other similar questions. I’ve been asked these questions by bloggers and non bloggers, readers and non readers. Some people are even surprised when I tell them that I don’t write (but you read, so you must like to write! You have a blog, that’s writing!). A lot of my blogger friends do write, and I think that’s totally awesome. Whether they are published or not, they are doing something amazing and I hope they continue doing it. I also have blogger friends that are like me, who just want to be readers, which is also awesome. Here is why I will never be a writer:
1. I don’t want to.
Obviously this is the biggest and most important reason why I’ll never be a writer. The thought of sitting down and doing all that writing – ugh! There are so many other things I would rather be doing like laundry or cleaning the bathroom or washing dishes. Then beyond the writing there are all the other things, and you know what? I’m kind of lazy and I know I wouldn’t want to do any of those other things.
2. I have nothing to say.
I am creatively handicapped. I have no ideas for a story. Anything I would think of has already been done before, and much better than I ever could. The things that writers come up with are awesome, I just have no imagination for it. People talk about having a burning need to write or tell a story and I think that’s awesome, but that’s not me.
3. I don’t proofread. ever.
When I am done writing, I am done writing. I don’t proofread my blog posts (you may have noticed). I sometimes skim the post when it shows up in my reader, but mostly I don’t. I’ve never actually proofread a single paper or essay I’ve ever written. Ever. Back in the day when I first starting writing papers (4th grade? 5th grade?) my mom used to type them for me so she would do the proofreading. Once I learned how to type and started typing my own papers when I was finished I would print them and she would read them and correct them for me. I did this in middle school, high school, college and even in the class I took last semester. When I’m writing I will make adjustments as I go but that’s about it. I could totally be wrong about this, but as a writer I assume that you would have to read what you’ve written quite a bit, and I don’t really want to do that.
4. I wouldn’t know how to say it.
Sometimes it takes me a long time to write a review for a book because even though I have thoughts on the book, I just don’t know how to say them. I will stare at a blank post for a long while or I will compulsively check Facebook or Twitter or GoodReads just to waste time. I am not good with words (this post seriously took forever, and it’s not even that big).
Are you a writer and a reader, or only a reader? What are your reasons for writing or not writing?
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