Thursday, December 05, 2013
Ten Good Reasons to Give up Writing
By OFW editor:
Published: September 10, 2013
Someone asked me what it would take to make me quit writing. I was all, “Uh…” because I really couldn’t think of a single thing that would make me stop writing forever. I mean, sure, there are some things that are more important and if I had to stop temporarily because of these things, I would, but forever? That’s a long time. So I thought about it for a while, and I think I’ve come up with the only ten reasons I can think of that would make giving up writing perfectly logical.
1. Zombie apocalypse
You can’t write when someone’s chomping on your brain.
2. Your heart’s not in it.
Because it’s stopped beating.
3. There’s no need.
Because technological advances have made it possible to tell a story without actually writing it. Oh wait, that would be film, right?
4. You have no tools.
Because someone stole every computer, every piece of paper and every writing implement you might use. Wait…not good enough. You still have blood and walls. If they steal the blood and the walls, then it’s okay to give up.
As in, you’re in solitary confinement and they’ve got you strapped into some type of restraint that renders you incapable of using your hands, feet or mouth. We’re writers, it could totally happen.
6. It’s just too dangerous to continue.
What with the failing eyesight, writer ass, border-line insanity and carpal tunnel you face with every sentence you write, you must do what’s good for your health.
7. You’re plotting to make that agent/publisher pay for rejecting your work.
Because you need to be in a psychiatric facility, not tapping out happily ever afters.
It destroyed your writing clothes. You just can’t go out and buy a perfectly stained and worn housecoat or hoody with the right dose of writing mojo at the mall. All is lost. Give up now.
9. It’s hard.
Really hard. Like, too hard.
10. You’re done.
You’ve written everything you had to write and there ain’t no more stories left in your head. Don’t forget to quit living while you’re at it.
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