A Writing Fangirl Confession

LOLcat - Invisible Bow and ArrowI read an article on The Renegade Writer about the seven differences between being a writing fangirl or a real writer by Linda Formichelli.

The point of her article is that ‘fanfolk’ spend more time acting the part of a writer than actually writing. Real writers on the other hand, write.

Of the seven differences she outlines, number 4 hit a nerve in all the right spots.

Anyone looking at you, with your exclamation point tattoo and “Writer at Work” doorknob hanger, would think you are a writer. But…are you actually writing? Don’t delude yourself: A collection of quill pens does not a writer make. – Linda Formichelli

Note: I don’t have an exclamation point tattoo. If you’re gonna go there, go for an interrabang.

It’s the difference between a person who wears a thousand-dollar tracksuit to sit on the couch and another person who hits the pavement for a five-mile run every morning.

I have a confession.

Without knowing it, I was a creative writing fangirl for years.

I still have the paraphernalia. Blank journals, dozens of pens and pencils, buttons that read “I’m silently correcting your grammar” (even though I don’t); the works. I still have a small army of books about writing that I still haven’t read past the first chapter, mostly because I don’t want to mark up these lovely trappings and make them less shiny.

When it comes to copywriting, I’m in the trenches and doing the work on a daily basis. It’s my job, and I love my job. When I leave the office, I leave knowing that I left it on the field. I’m fortunate that I get to do something I love for a living.

But as much as I love copywriting, it doesn’t count towards my creative writing which I love just as much.

And that’s there where I hang my head in shame.

I’ve spent more time shopping for books on writing that I have reading them. I’ve spent more time obsessing over the word count in my blog posts than racking up my word counts in my WIPs. I have more blank journals than full ones.

Thankfully, I’ve been changing since the universe gave me a much-needed kick in the tail a couple of months ago.

I’ve been working on my primary WIP whenever I can and in doing so, I’ve added more than 3,000 words to it. Now it’s up to 5,054 and will be longer before I go to bed tonight.

I’ve been reading Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell and as I go through it, I’m marking it up with notes and underlines and highlights. (Note: not a paid link.)

For the past two months, I’ve been hitting the writerly pavement; hard.

Now whenever I feel myself slipping, I have a word for that kind of person I don’t want to be. And I owe Linda a world of thanks for giving me that word so I can stay on the right side of the fence.

I don’t want to be a fangirl. I want to be a writer.

When I post a blog post, I try to be helpful and make about it you, not me. But this time I needed to just be honest about my shortcoming.

Learn from my mistakes. Take a few minutes to read Linda’s post. See if anything resonates with you. Here’s the link again: Are You a Writing Fangirl…Or a REAL Writer? 7 Ways to Know by Linda Formichelli

And Linda, if you ever read this: thank you for the extra kick in the tail.

3 thoughts on “A Writing Fangirl Confession”

    1. Thank you! You have an excellent point. Some (most) days when I get home, the last thing I want to do is write. Because I’ve been at it for up to nine hours already.

      Thank you, friend.

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