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.

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Are you being responsible with your writing dreams?

ToDoForLifeIn my last post, I shared how a fellow writer managed to get down almost 36,000 words despite him having a family, a toddler and mushrooms growing in his basement.

And I asked “What’s my excuse?”

Truth is, I don’t have one. I just suck at setting boundaries with myself. When I’ve blocked off time to work on my writing, my process goes something like this:

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Rubber Ducky’s Writer’s Resolutions for 2015

San Franny Rubber Duck

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Henry David Thoreau

In my last post, I took an honest look back at how well I kept my writer’s resolutions for 2014. I did pretty well. I kept most of my resolutions and have been writing my little fingers off all year, mostly outside of Rubber Ducky Copywriter.

Now it’s time to unwrap my new set of writer’s resolutions for the coming year.

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