You Know You’re a Fiction Writer… (#3)

Edward was too lazy to give me another lesson *glares at Edward*. Characters, anyway.

Since he refused to help me out, I thought I’d throw together installment 3 of You Know You’re a Fiction Writer instead. I hope you enjoy!

You know you’re a fiction writer….

1. When you get excited over storycraft books,

2. When being alone in a library makes you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven,

3. When you keep people-watching notes on your phone,

4. When you have to add words to your electronic dictionaries so Google and Microsoft Word won’t underline character names with red,

5. When you’re flooded with nostalgia when you think about your old stories,

6. When you call characters your children,

7. When new pens excite you,

8. When all you want in life is a cozy writing room and enough money from a published book to cover life expenses and extra snacks. And maybe a castle. And a few trips around the world. A cruise wouldn’t hurt, either.

9. When reading epic stories make you want to change a bazillion things about your novel,

10. When you create soundtracks for your books and characters,

11. When you’re afraid of buying random books because they might stink and you’ll be forced to condemn them,

12. When you read and enjoy classics you would have abhorred in high school,

13. When you push aside hard writing projects by doing easy writing projects to make yourself feel better about procrastinating,

14. When you’re proud of yourself for writing a giant book,

15. Then you realize you must edit that gigantic book and panic,

16. When thinking about the torment you will cause your readers makes you grin,

17. When you dream of building an expansive library and loathe getting rid of books,

18. When you love subplots but have a hard time weaving all the threads together into a unified story,

19. When you could spend hours analyzing the last story you read or film you watched, 

And finally…

20. When you relax for two seconds and suddenly have two books to edit, a blog post to write, a beta project, 17 comments and emails to reply to, and a room that looks like the wake of a category five hurricane,

you know you’re a fiction writer. 

-Gabrielle R. Pollack

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My Somethings for March

Hey friends!

I hope Edward’s invasion last week didn’t throw you off. 😉 To get back to some sense of normality, here are my Somethings for March!

Something Bittersweet/Exciting

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See that little badge? It has a long, bittersweet story.

Near the end of February, I learned that Kingdom Pen’s editor and chief, Josiah DeGraaf, was wishing the site farewell.

Ugg. That…that was not expected. It threw the writing team for a loop. Until that announcement, I didn’t realize how much KP’s fantastic leader affected the site and the writing team’s work. Read more

My 11 Somethings for February

Hey friends!

Sorry ‘bout not showing up last week. I got a job, and, well…more on that later.
Anyhow, here’s how last month panned out.

Something Fun (and Slightly Painful)

Do you like sleeping on concrete? Cause I do.

Sort of. For a good reason.

Apparently, I’m a missable person because last month my sister invited me to spend the night at Cedarville with her and her roomie (who’s also my crazy friend).

It didn’t occur to me that college students don’t have room to store extra bedding for guests, so I ended up sleeping on about an inch of blankets and however many feet of concrete sits under the dorms. Read more

My 15 Somethings for Januaryish (Part 2)

Hey friends!

Here is the second part of my Somethings, as promised.

Something Sad

I’m all alone.

My sister headed back to college last month. Cedarville isn’t too far away, but it still feels weird. We’ve been together my entire life, and now she’s gone. *sniffs* Gone!

Ok, maybe I’m being dramatic, but still. Darn growing up.

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(Me and sis. I’m the one staring at the ground because I’m that photogenic.)

 

(Me and sis. I’m the one staring at the ground because I’m that photogenic.)

Something Deep

I had an article published by KP that hit pretty close to home. Many writers struggle with comparison and placing their worth in how well they write (including yours truly). In the article I wrote, I addressed these harmful patterns. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite articles that I’ve written.

Click here if you want to check it out. Read more