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Facts about Writers

Do you want to know what makes a writer tick?

Here are a couple of facts. The first is brilliantly funny. It’s here.

And if you’re still in the mood for something more serious, this is what Amos Oz says in A Tale of Love and Darkness:

… that sour blend of loneliness and lust for recognition, shyness and extravagance, deep insecurity and self-intoxicated egomania, that drives poets and writers out of their rooms to seek each other out, to rub shoulders with one another, bully, joke, condescend, feel each other, lay a hand on a shoulder or an arm round a waist, to chat and argue with little nudges, to spy a little, sniff out what is cooking in other pots, flatter, disagree, collude, be right, take offence, apologise, make amends, avoid each other, and seek each other’s company again.

The period Oz is discussing was a century ago, but what he says is still true today, the difference being that you can now do some of those things without leaving your room.

Happy writing!

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

8 replies on “Facts about Writers”

WordPress told me: “This is your 222nd post. Amazing! This post has 177 words.” I think it is quite amazing. (And it gave me a reason to comment on my own post and raise the number of comments from 0. Hmm. What else can I say from me to me?)

First, let me say I love the look of your new design here! I saw you RT’d Donna’s post on Twitter, glad you saw it. I was just laughing my head off at her post. All over Twitter and blogs I’ve see those kinds of conversations and it’s fun to at last see someone give us the REAL meaning behind the gushy, idol-worshiping words that these poor writers use toward agents. I have never wanted to have an agent, to be an agent, to have anything to do with agents well before I got published, because I just couldn’t stand the idea of giving one person or group of people that much power over my happiness and my career. I decided early on I’d make it or not but it would be on my own terms, not by sucking up to THE AGENT.

Hi Karen. 🙂 You’ve managed very well without an agent. I’m not sure I would. I definitely wouldn’t want to go down the self-publishing route. (But don’t hold me to that!)

Argh no not self-publishing for me either. I need one or more editors, a copy editor, a cover designer, someone to handle the orders and all that stuff. I can understand those who do it but it doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’m fond of the small press, and that’s where I’ll stay!

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