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Thursday, February 08, 2007
13 items that tell me I'm a writer!
13. I am a passionate reader and I know that I could write as well as some of the books I read.
12. I'll be watching the news or reading an article and often one of my first thoughts is: "Would that be an interesting plot point in a novel?"
11. I have more than 6 books on how to write and I always seem to pick up another one. Although, if you have less than half a dozen you are just a wannabe! *wink*
10. I have put my work in front of complete strangers and then asked them to tell me how bad it is.
9. I have started talking about a story idea and 10 minutes later realized that I was talking louder and faster as I became more passionate about the details of my story... and noticed the person listening to me had a glazed look of complete disinterest.
8. I have talked about make believe people as if they were "real" life friends and family members.
7. I have sat in front of my computer and spent hours working on a particular scene.
6. I've tried to learn and practice and learn and practice and learn and practice the craft of writing. So many hours that could have been spent on family time, house work, exercising, reading, and I do not regret my choice.
5. I write, therefore I am.
4. The stacks of plot ideas and character notes that surround me. - on my desk, in my file cabinet, in folders on my computer, in hard copy stacks placed in colored plastic sleeves.....
3. The fact that completing a novel is one of my life's goals. There are so many goals that I can have... and that is #1 for me.
2. I love writing. I love it. Love it. Love.
1. The voices in my head say so.


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59 Comments:

Blogger Thomma Lyn said...

A great Thursday Thirteen list, and I so relate to it all, to the notes, the passionate discussions, and the voices that keep me awake at night. The writing life is weird in a wonderful way!

Happy TT!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Great list! I agree with so many... especially the voices in your head... you can't argue with them! ;)

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Joy T. said...

Beautiful thirteen and so passionate. Makes me wish I took my list a bit more seriously...but it's just not in me to do. I guess that's why you are the writer...and I am not :o)

9:58 AM  
Blogger The Rock Chick said...

All creative people have voices in their heads! Don't they? I hope so!

Mine tells me that we (oops,I) enjoyed your list very much! Made me smile. Keep on writing!! Jessica

10:01 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I love the little voices in my head, they keep me company. You'll get your novel done, just keep at it! Happy TT!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

What a wonderful list! I especially love #1. :-) Happy TT!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Buttercup said...

That is awesome that you have found what you love. Good for you! I can relate to talking about or thinking about characters as if they were real. I do that all the time when I get into a book.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Frances said...

RE: 10. I have put my work in front of complete strangers and then asked them to tell me how bad it is.
You are a writer my dear, and a serious one at that!
Thanks for sharing

10:44 AM  
Blogger Qtpies7 said...

I don't write, but I do think of characters as good friends, lol. And I know I could do better at not publishing typos than some books! (please don't point out the typos in my blog, lol)

10:58 AM  
Blogger Pen said...

Wonderful, passionate list! I love writing as well, but am not that good at it. I think what I really love is words -- writing or reading them.

I love, love, love quotes!

Thank you for stopping by my thirteen!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

I can relate for sure. This list is my mantra too. Writers must be suckers for punishment, as we do put a piece of ourselves on display to be judged.

I'm always taking online courses about writing. ALWAYS!

Happy TT, thanks for dropping by mine.

11:20 AM  
Blogger andria said...

Thats a good list. I am not a writer but a reader mostly, will have to come back and read more of your stuff.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Hello, you posted above me at TT!
My oldest daughter is just like you! She could read and write at four, and is very gifted at it.

11:29 AM  
Blogger amy said...

What a neat list! Hope you get everything you want on your life goal list done!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

Hmm, I think somebody enjoys writing ;) Good luck with your novel!

11:38 AM  
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11:45 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

so whats the book gonna be about then?

11:46 AM  
Blogger BeckyD said...

I can relate to a lot of things on your list. I just think if I relied on my writing to feed me, I'd starve.

11:47 AM  
Blogger _gentle said...

You don't like writing by chance, do you?

This is a very admiral list. Now you've made me introspective regarding my own passions...hmmm, do I have one?

Thanks for visiting my TT. Have a super day.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

You sound like you have the drive and determination to fulfill your dream...and that's as important as the talent, if you ask me!

My TT is up too. :)

12:04 PM  
Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

It must be amazing to be that passionate about something you do. I feel that way about my children and hubby, but not about a career/calling. You are very brave with #10. Great TT!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

good list. i hope you accomplish your goal.

thanks for stopping by!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Laughing Muse said...

Then according to the voices in *my* head, I'm a psycho killer.

...oh, wait...that's not the voices in my head. That's the voices in my *headphones*. Talking Heads...Psycho Killer...qu'est que c'est?

12:25 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Phew! You guys are keeping me busy with all these comments! :)

I do love my family and my husband very much. Family will always come first in my life, but beyond them... the written word is my passion. Reading. Writing.

My book is actually in the thriller genre and on a more specific level - action/adventure. It takes place in the Tapajos-Xingu region of the Amazon rainforest.

Thank you all for your kind words and support - it's very much appreciated!

Take care!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Heather in Beautiful British Columbia said...

Nice TT! It's good to be committed to something which gives you so much pleasure :)

12:32 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Gee, many of those apply to me. When I did NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, my husband would sometimes think I was telling him about real people - then get that look on his face and ask if it was my characters I was talking about. .

12:35 PM  
Blogger Chickadee said...

Writing definitely takes practice...editing and re-editing. I also get excited when I have an idea and I torture my hubby and a few friends with resulting piece of literature. :P

My 13 are up.

12:43 PM  
Blogger That Blue Girl said...

Ha ha ha. Secretly I like the snow too. It looks so pretty when it is sparkling and white. Have you ever participated in Word Beads? It's fun! Thanks for visiting my blog!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

It's so nice to find something you love, isn't it?

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

From one writer to another great list. I really liked the "I write, therefore I am." May your muse always be alive and your pen never run dry. :)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yo. Quit appropriating the voices in my head. They are MINE, hear me? MINE.

*grin*

You hit the nail right on the head, even for a quickie TT (really, don't you keep a list for days like those? I do!). Nice job, woman.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

You've convinced me completely: you are a writer! Surprising to see I can say 'ditto' to a lot of your 13. :-)
Thanks for visiting my TT about support.

2:37 PM  
Blogger crygibb said...

Great list, sounds like you truly do love writing. never give up. Happy TT,

5:50 PM  
Anonymous ancsweetnsassygal said...

It's great that you're so committed to writing. Although I wouldn't tell too many people about those voices, otherwise they may want to commit you lol. Great TT and happy Thursday.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

Wow, I can relate to so many of those! LOLOL ... if only you knew how many books on writing I've read!

Number five is my favorite. :-)

9:49 PM  
Blogger I have a good life said...

I am glad there are wonderful writers in the world like you! You are so dedicated to writing and I really admire that! I am a math person myself! :)

I am sorry to hear about your teacher! The world has lost a wonderful person!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Ragnell said...

5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13. You are not alone.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Participating in TT Meet & Greet!

GREAT list. I'm a writer too. I guess. Well, sort of. I mostly write songs and various musings. :o) So I guess that makes me more of a musician and crazy person. ;o)

11:00 PM  
Blogger Sunflower said...

I wish I could be a writer.
I always find that I am lack of inspiration to write something I like:-(

Thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog!Welcome back any time.

I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

11:02 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

totally awesome list - i can definitely relate. :)

thanks for stopping by my list!

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Angela Giles Klocke said...

Yup yup yup -- another writer in the house nodding the whole time! (Meet & Greet TT)

6:58 AM  
Blogger It's Me, Maven... said...

Great list, Rashenbo!

And to answer your question you left at my T13 post, you'd have to click each video title to see what they are, to appreciate them! I would have emailed, but sadly, can't find an email addy for ya.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

You're absolutely a writer! How inspiring - and I think it's admirable that you are doing what you're passionate about. If everyone followed their passion, the world would be a happier place, I think!

That letter from your teacher is so amazing. I am so sorry that she's gone but you know she had to have been beaming with pride over the young lives she so positively influenced. What an amazing woman!

Hugs today!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

And, thanks for the inspiration.

All the voices in my head are best friends.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Anissa said...

Too funny. I also posted about the "voices" in my head. It's the sign of a writer I think. Great post!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Chelle Y. said...

I envy people who have the ability to write so well.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Gail Martin said...

Hi! I'm playing this week's Special Edition TT Meet and Greet. This is a great list. I'm glad I stopped.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous she said...

Hi. Great to see your list up ;) I love the topic and might steal it sometime ;)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

Hey there. You are my Meet and Greet :-)
Very good list. I can relate to a lot of them! Although my TT this week is about why I am not writing at the moment...
Happy late TT!

2:24 PM  
Blogger sarala said...

#1 is my favorite.
Does your husband have a photo site?
Thanks for coming by. I'll visit again.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Queen of Wands said...

You'll have to let us know when your novel is up on the shelves! :-)

It is refreshing to feel your passion!

3:36 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

If it makes you happy, that is the most important thing!!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

takes inspiration when it comes, read a lot of books... write down some idea on a piece of paper!!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Melessa said...

This is a great list. I HAVE to write too. Even if it's just a list of 13 reasons why I don't have the time. Thanks for visiting my TT!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Sanni said...

I´m glad I´ve joined the TT Meet & Great game, Rashenbo. Can´t imagine I might have missed this beautiful and passionate list of yours. Oh yes, you definitely ARE a writer... love #9!

kind regards from Germany,

Sanni (who´s looking forward to your next TT)

7:41 PM  
Blogger Carson Brackney said...

The glazed eye thing is a keeper. Great list.

Carson

9:53 AM  
Blogger Uisce said...

hello, Leanne sent me! I like #5 the best -- that one sure works for me! happy post-TT! :)

2:05 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Very cool list! I admire writers...you bring to life words on printed page. Thanks for stopping by...you too, have a great weekend!

2:28 PM  
Blogger TopChamp said...

I'm impressed that you take writing so seriously. Good luck for the future with it - I'm sure you will be very successful.

As to fanny packs... well the name just makes me snigger. It's a different part of the anatomy for Brits.

7:25 PM  

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