My Life If I Weren’t a Writer

My daughter came over for breakfast on her way to work today.  I actually got a good little writing session in before she appeared, but as I was cooking bacon at an unusual hour the thought occured: this is what non-writers do instead of worrying about writing first thing in the morning.

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So I starting thinking.  What would my life be like if I weren't a writer.  Here's what I came up with:

  • I'd drink coffee, read the paper and eat breakfast first thing in the morning, rather than taking my coffee to my office with me to write.
  • I'd read for pleasure only, instead of constantly studying to see how other writers do it.
  • I'd watch movies without straining to pick out the plot points and mid points.
  • During the summer, I'd have a suntan from being outside, instead of inside writing.
  • I'd actually make sense when I talk to the grocery clerk during my first outing of the day, after a long day at the computer.
  • I could truly relax, instead of constantly thinking, I should be writing.
  • My desk would not be littered with ideas written on scraps of paper.
  • I would have no desk.
  • My hair would not stand on end from me pulling at it when pausing to search for the right word.
  • I would never have traveled to Nashville and many other interesting places.
  • I would not know the best and most interesting people in the world, both in-person and online.
  • I would not know how to make sense of my life.
  • I'd be dreadfully bored.  And even more dreadfully boring.

This is just a beginning list, off the top of my head. How about you?  What would your life be like if you weren't a writer?

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Jenny
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10/10/2011 17:54

You’re anything but boring, CRD. And I love this post. Hear you loud and clear. The luckiest people in the world are writers.

And those who have Johnny Depp’s cell phone number.

Charlotte Dixon
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10/10/2011 18:10

Yeah, but I might be boring if I weren’t a writer. I think writers are the most interesting people in the world.

We gotta start working on Johnny’s phone number for you, the whole six degrees of separation thing.

And thanks for telling me I’m not boring!

Rochelle
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10/10/2011 23:37

Loved this post. Writers are definitely the most interesting people in the World. If you weren’t a writer I wouldn’t have an interesting blog like this to bookmark. 🙂

Carole Jane Treggett
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10/12/2011 12:40

I’ll join the others in exclaiming what a great post this is, Charlotte!

I can really identify with “I could truly relax, instead of constantly thinking, I should be writing.” I would add that I (perhaps) would not be such an over-thinker and constantly stimulated by SO much that catches my imagination/interest in this world. I basically cannot turn off my brain, even at 3 or 4 a.m. when I’m desperately trying to make that ticker tape stop! lol.

Charlotte Dixon
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10/12/2011 14:58

Oh Carole Jane, you and me both! I wake up at 3 and the brain starts going, even though I’m screaming stop! My mind likes to ponder story ideas and blog posts in the middle of the night, sigh. Thanks for stopping by.

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