Any writer writer who’s been putting words to paper (or computer, or napkin…), for more than a day or so, has probably dealt with The Plagues of the Writers.
Some days, the creativity flows, the writing seems to propel itself, and all is right in Write-Land. Other days, it seems we’re plagued with roadblocks. As we stumble along, we can sometimes laugh at these real and imagined hardships.
Other times we throw things…
The Grammar Nazis
Ohhhhh, these people are put on Earth (and by Earth, I mean social media and public forum) to leave comments with little asterisks and dripping sarcasm all over our beloved feedback record.
*you’re means you are!
**their… isn’t that what you really meant to say!???
I’m pretty sure that those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, apparently scour the internet for writers to torture.
My best example here was to write nothing at all, but I didn’t want to be redundant and blatantly plagiarize this brilliant image.
Therefore I will share a story.
It was a dark and stormy night, and I sat at my computer staring at the words “it was a dark and stormy night.” I got up to get some ice cream and the weather cleared before I got around to finishing the story.
You know that feeling you get when you’re actually weighing the cost of a new laptop against the satisfaction you know you’ll feel when you destroy the one you have?
These are also categorized under “Those Who Couldn’t Teach.” They are slightly better in that these people offer more variety.
Instead of just slamming you on your grammar, they check spelling and punctuation, speak up about your choice in fonts and formatting, and ask things like “Was it really dark and stormy? Or were you just projecting your mood? What kind of storm was it? You know, you really might want to clarify yourself.”
It doesn’t matter what kind of writer you are, there are days that you just cannot get the work done. Sometimes it’s one of the above problems, sometimes it’s mental blockage of the worst kind.
Other times it’s distraction.
Whatever the cause…
Oh look, a kitty!!!