Tales and thoughts from the coal face of writing and life from the agoraphobic and crime obsessed author of Vile City (Detective in a Coma book 1) Jennifer Lee Thomson. She also writes as Jenny Thomson.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Things I wish they’d told me about being a writer
1-You will see the
world in a way that others will find extremely disturbing. To others an ice
pick is for breaking up ice, to me, it's a potential weapon for my main
character in Hell to Pay to use on the most vulnerable part of her
Sadly, I don't earn as much as this guy. I wish.
you earn way much more than you do. That you're in Stephen King's league and if
you're not they think your writing can't be that good. Well, it's easy to make
money writing. No, sadly it's not.
3-When you try and
build a platform for yourself to promote your work, you may attract unwanted
attention. See Sinister side of Facebook post.
4-You'll have a
deathly pale pallor from all those hours sitting in the near dark, crouched
over a laptop/scribbling away. People will keep saying, 'Are you ill?'
5-You'll develop a
belly from all that sitting down writing. There's no time for exercise unless
it involves walking the dog. Well, he listens to you outlining possible plots
(with his ears plugging up his lug holed).
6-People will think
you're being rude when you don't acknowledge them, when you're really
preoccupied with working out how your character can get away with killing