My Other Other Blog is for Writers

Writer for Life

Hi. My name is Heather and I’m addicted to fiction–reading it and writing it. I’ve been in denial about my problem for several years, thinking that I could continue to hold it together by just not thinking about the stories I wanted to tell or the fictions I had read. I’d fill in with reading non-fiction, oh so much non-fiction, to try to stave off the fiction cravings. Essays, blogging, so much blogging, marketing copy, so much marketing copy, books on business, books on brain science.

Oh, sure, I would sneak a little fiction in here and there, when a client’s marketing project called for a story line or a character. I’d write a few scenes and pretend I could handle it because it was work-related. Just a story or two with the guys, you know? Or I’d read a short story in a magazine in a waiting room, telling myself it was okay just this once, that I’d be done after this.

Eventually, of course, all this cheating would lead to a full-blown episode, a complete falling off the wagon. I’d pick up George R.R. Martin or Suzanne Collins, telling myself I could take it one chapter at a time. What is the definition of insanity? Next thing I knew, the house would be crumbling around my ears, deadlines whizzing past, the kids ripping each other’s eyeballs out and Carey standing beside me asking whether I would ever ever learn, and I didn’t even care. All I cared about was the next page, the next sentence, the next which-favorite-character-will-rip-my-heart-out?

The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem. I have a problem. My problem is that on May 5, 2013 (rather, a few days before but I started tracking on May 5), I began writing my first novel. Then on June 2, I started a blog about writing fiction. I admit my problem, yes.

And I embrace it. I’m almost-40, and finally writing my first novel. It’s about time.

2 responses to “My Other Other Blog is for Writers

  1. Hi Heather,
    I read a post by you today and I really liked it.
    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8284120

    But it has no ‘like’ function, so I thought I’d come and find you to tell you how much I liked it, but you’re kind of hard to contact, lol. (She says, having just gone to her brand new website to make sure that it’s good enough for Heather to see, after seeing that it needs to be put in under this comment, and discovering the contact me page says Contact details coming soon! Ha ha ha.)

    Anyway, big ups to you. I like your style and I like your attitude! And also, I like raising chickens – we have been given some ‘fowls’ here in Vanuatu and one is currently sitting on 3 eggs. Woohoo!

    Cath.

    • Wow, Cath, thank you so much for your comment! It’s great to “meet” you.

      Am I really hard to contact, or are you being ironic? Sorry for being obtuse. I thought I made myself ridiculously easy to find, but now that you say that I suddenly realize I don’t even HAVE a “contact me” page on most of my blogs, and no link to my professional website (http://www.scopcity.com) anywhere on any of my sig lines etc. (although heatherhead.com does have it). Now I have a neurotic need to update ALL of my sites with contact information–Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CuriosityCatMe) and Twitter (I don’t know, @curiosityme or something) and Google+ (some long-frickin-address because Google has built a self-operating car and a wearable computer & is working on developing immortality as a commodity, but can’t figure out how to give me a URL with my name in it).

      Thanks for taking the trouble to track me down and say something. I really appreciate it, and I’m so glad to make your acquaintance. 🙂

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