I will always have dogs. I can truly think of no greater poverty for me than to not be able to love and live with a dog or two.
I do not love picking up dog poop, but poop is an unavoidable part of having a dog. We do hire a service to remove it from our yard (Pet Yard Pick Up “We do doggie doo-doo so you don’t have to” – I love that tagline).
But every walk results in a pile or two per dog that I’m responsible for (and we walk twice a day). So I pick up the poop even though I don’t want to. Because that’s what responsible dog lovers do.
The Poop Principle
You can delegate picking up some of the poop (by hiring the equivalent of Pet Yard Pick Up), but there will always be some poop you just have to pick up yourself. Because that’s what responsible people do.
Sometimes you have to do what you don’t love to do so you can keep doing what you do love to do.
Writer’s Poop List
The top of my Writer’s Poop List is waiting to get feedback from my editor. I love that I’m getting my book published. I loved drafting the book. I anticipate that I will love revising it. But being in “wait mode” is frustrating.
Other things on my Writer’s Poop List are:
- Writing query letters
- Getting rejection letters
- Getting bad reviews or negative feedback
- Getting no reviews or feedback
- Getting feedback that’s anything other than “This is perfect. Don’t change a thing. I know exactly who wants to publish this and I’ve taken the liberty of contacting them and they want to pay you a lot of money”
- Waiting for advance checks that don’t arrive when expected
- Waiting for any check that doesn’t arrive when expected
It’s oddly freely to let yourself rant and rail on the page about all the s**t you have to put up with. So what’s the poop in your writing/creative life? What parts of being a writer do you wish you didn’t have to deal with? Please share your Writer’s Poop List in a comment.
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