When you began your writing career, was it hard to say that you were an author? It could be to oneself. Or it could be saying it out loud to other people.
I know for me, it was. My writing group had quite a few who thought like me. No matter how many times the group leader tried to convince us, it was not working. One day she wrote on the board a rule for the group. We were not allowed to say we were not authors/writers.
We laughed. Our group leader did not.
I felt unless I had something published, I had no right to make that claim. It turned out that others felt this way, and others still do.
And it was not until I became a freelance writer and published author did I make that claim to myself and the world.
And this is a shame. I know writers who write for pure pleasure and are OK if they never get published. They call themselves writers. I have a writer friend who will stop once her book is published. She is content with that prospect. She calls herself a writer.
Yet on the other side of the coin, I know authors who don’t have this issue. For them, they are writers from the get-go, and nothing will stop them from saying so.
Experiences in our lives mold what we think and do. What works for one does not work for the other.
I wish the singularity that binds authors together would be us all calling ourselves authors and saying it to others.
The next time you hear a loud, bellowing scream, it will be because I read this in a book or it came from the tv or through the radio. It’s complicated.
How many of you have heard this from a TV show or in a book? To say this is getting overused is truly an understatement.
You see and hear this in areas where it is not complicated. However, the writer is too lazy to write out the scene.
Stop being lazy. Give your readers and viewers the sense that they are not total idiots and explain to them the situation instead of expecting them to accept it. Why not give your audience some credit in that they might understand?
If you have a short show that is 30 minutes with commercials long, maybe hold back from using it. How about you create a scene that works? Why cop-out? You have roughly 22 minutes to explain why the situation is complicated. One can do this in two to three sentences.
If it is in a movie or a book, you have the time to write it out. Yes, you do. Do your job.
Yes, there are some instances where it fits. But every single time has gotten old.