New Year's Resolution tracking
Writing progress: Back to the brewing...waiting for another writing explosion
Weight progress: Down a bit...time to keep up the good eating habits and exercise!
Reading progress: Took the night off.
Wow...there's something about a Friday morning...atleast for those of us that still have everyday jobs...that is just hard to describe. It just feels good. I wake up smiling, knowing tomorrow, if all goes well, will be a day to sleep in and not be awoken by the dreaded alarm. Speaking of sleep - as you all know stranger Johnny called at 1 and 2 am the night before...well last night (this morning rather) my alarm went off at midnight. I hit snooze twice not wanting to get out of bed before realizing it wasn't time for work quite yet. And when you wake up like this, the world is generally fuzzy...not yet making sense. I had to check my cell phone not once, not twice, but three times to make sure I could REALLY go back to sleep. Apparently my toddler somehow turned on the "B" alarm in addition to my "A" alarm that goes off at 5:45. Nice. You would think when I woke up this morning it would be obvious it wasn't the right time...but not so much. There was much confusion before I finally let myself fall back to sleep. So....I'm going on two nights of interrupted sleep...no wonder I'm so glad it's finally Friday.
As for Starbuck's guy and his "Random stranger that made me smile" award I frequently give out...I decided yesterday morning that he deserves to keep it. Sure, finding the courage to go back was tough for me and he surely didn't make it easy. (When I got to the window he told me he was trying to behave and that it was hard being dark chocolate...seriously...I can't make this kind of weird stuff up.) But it was funny, I smiled, we both laughed and I went on my way. But as I did so I pondered this - would it be more enjoyable for me to have a typical and normal experience every day or is his jolly good, sometimes off the wall humor, along with a big smile...more of a nugget of uniqueness in my day to day normal ho-hum life? I obviously went with the latter. He's having a good time. Sure...it makes me a bit uncomfortable at times...but it also gives me something to talk about and he has a fun spirit that doesn't deserve to be quieted by the likes of me. So we will most likely continue our odd and awkward banter.
BUT what I really wanted to post about today was something I read in the beginning of "The Fire in Fiction" book that I thought was interesting and thought provoking. The author categorizes writers into two categories: Status Seekers and Storytellers. He goes on to explain that it's tough to tell at first which category a writer will fall into and only after they have become published and have some sort of a career does it normally become more obvious. Status Seekers have a desire to be published while Storytellers have a passion to spin stories.
It's an interesting thing he points out because I see his point in how these two very different groups will end up reacting to criticism/failure/doubt, etc...
The status seekers become more frustrated as the process goes on while the storytellers seem to look within to correct their product, desiring to make it the best they possibly can and knowing the change has to happen with their own manuscript. He writes this about when rejections arrive and how the two groups may react: "Status seekers grow frustrated. They decide that landing an agent is a matter of timing or luck. Storytellers may be understandably bewildered at this stage but recognize that something is missing from their writing. They resolve to do something about it."
I love this section so much I am tempted to go on and on but you'll just have to pick up a copy and read it for yourself...as a writer it's very thought provoking.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with either category but the storyteller's will definitely have a more fulfilling and longer career in publishing than the status seekers. I'm not doing nearly as good of a job describing these two sets as Donald Maass does in the book, but hopefully you can see what he's trying to say.
I don't necessarily agree with his whole argument because most of us are more likely a blend of the two. However, I like the subject he brings up and it makes me ponder myself as a writer. Why do I write? What motivates me? Sure...we would all love to see our name on the NY times bestseller's list but is that why we write? I think for most of us the answer is no. Do I ever see myself actually making money or profit from writing? Not really. I have always written because I enjoy it. I want others to read it but it's not my purpose in telling a story. Until recently I had never even tried to become published. So I believe in that respect I am much more of a storyteller. But then there's the side of me that gets caught up with seeing my name on a cover, wanting to write more, do more, etc... that I lose track of why I do this writing in the first place. Because I enjoy it and it fulfills me in a way I can't quite explain.
So think today...why is it you do what you do? What motivates you? What kind of a writer will you be once you get rejections and how will you handle them?
Moving on because I'm running out of time - I also wanted to mention that I loved the music I listened to yesterday but Evanescence was by far the best. I'm an addict. I already had a song or two on my IPOD but the album was just as amazing. I may have to buy another. So thank you Eva for this suggestion!
Happy Friday all!!!