Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I was just thinking. . .

How great is it being a writer? I mean, really? We get to spend every day that we want, making virtually no money, writing.

We get to come up with fantastic worlds that may confuse or mystify our readers, if we have any. We can create whole languages that may remain in obscurity for all of eternity only to confound an archeological crew ten-thousand years from now, wondering what kind of history was being represented and where all these vampires and zombies came from and went to. I come to think, and I want to believe, that in the future our words are going to be taken as seriously as the story of Atlantis. Three sentences in a text that will have treasure hunters looking for things that never existed but on the page and in our minds.

How great is it to be a writer?

7 comments:

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Good way to look at it...imagine a team of intergalactic archeologists coming across a copy of 'Salem's Lot, thumbing through it, and giving his team the order to back away slowly and retreat to the ship...(while, of course, the latest iteration of Homo Sapiens was up on a nearby grassy hillside feeding butterflies and singing songs about rainbows).

Catherine J Gardner said...

I've confused plenty of Editors :)

Aaron Polson said...

Man, I need this inspiration once in a while. On tonight's agenda: confuse future intergalactic archeologists...heh.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I've got no complaints! ; )

Felicity Dowker said...

Thanks for a simple and positive post that reminded me of what's *really* important about writing...and it ain't being published. Seriously, thank you. You've put a smile on my dial. I'm gonna enjoy my writing tonight. :o)

Carrie Harris said...

I need a shirt: Writers: foozling intergalactic archeologists for years to come!

Natalie L. Sin said...

Writer's block sucks. I have a story in my head in which I know the lead character and the basic setup. The protagonist is doing something strange, and I would love to know why. Until then, I only had half a story tops! Drives me nuts.