Wednesday, November 02, 2016

IWSG: What Is Your Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. If you haven't yet, join in. You'll be glad you did!



Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

What Is Your Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer?

There are SO many things I love about being a writer. There's the fact that I can work like this:



Plus the thrill of seeing this:



It's also exciting to see my name as a byline:



There's something exciting about writing these words:



And something even more exciting about these words:



There are few things in life more exciting than knowing someone is reading your words.



But my favorite thing about being a writer is that I get to make things up all day. I create people who don't exist, add details, take them on a journey, and hopefully, entertain people in the process.



What are you insecure about this month?

If you want to help out with my Piper Morgan to the Rescue release blitz, fill out the form below. You only have to post on Twitter or your blog sometime between November 14-18--I'll send you all the info. you need to participate!

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  1. There is negative, so today will be awesome as we read so many positive things!

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    1. I agree! This one was fun to write because it reminded me of all of the things I need to appreciate every day.

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  2. It's funny as I read your post, Stephanie, we are much alike when it comes to our favorite aspects of being a writer.

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  3. No fair, you listed like, all the good things. Leave some for everyone else!

    Also, congrats on loving your job so much. :-)

    IWSG November

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    1. I did cover just about every possible thing, didn't I?!

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  4. Writing gives me experiences through characters that I can't experience on my own. Thanks for the smiles.

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    1. So true! We can go on all kinds of exciting adventures without even leaving the house.

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  5. Love your response to this week's questions through pictures! How fun!

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    1. I do everything through pictures, or so it seems! It comes from spending my day blogging for businesses where all of my writing is 500-1,500 words of text. I have to break it up with my blog somehow!

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  6. A lot of awesome reasons to enjoy writing.

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  7. Super post, Stephanie. It must feel so good seeing your books on a real shelf in a real book shop. Congrats and thanks for sharing such a positive post.

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    1. It's an amazing feeling! The only bad thing about chapter books is that B&N doesn't face it out on the shelves, so it's spine-out in most of them. With middle grade, they have all the new books facing front, spread out across half of the children's section.

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  8. Loved reading your response ♥

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  9. I LOVE THIS POST SO HARD! I loved seeing all of your reasons that you love to write! We share a lot of the same reasons too! I love being inside my own head and being able to create when I want and how I want. <3 There is something just so... MAGICAL about it! :)

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    1. That is SO true. It can be frustrating when you can't figure out those big plot points. That's why writing a synopsis before you write the book can be so grueling!

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  10. Great post, Stephanie! I love the idea of knowing people are reading my words, my stories, too. And how fun to see your books in that display! :)

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  11. All that sounds just about right :)

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  12. We love all the same things about writing. For me, I love finding a way to make my jumbled thoughts coherent and hopefully, have some meaning as well.

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    1. I hope my jumbled thoughts are coherent. Sometimes I'm not so sure!

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  13. I can relate to the picture of the woman in a robe and curlers on her computer. I do love the fact that you can work in your PJs :-) Great picture of your books on display.

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    1. I start work in my PJs, then progress to yoga pants for the gym, then back to PJs once it's dark outside. So basically everything I wear is comfortable! I actually own a pair of pajama jeans. Those things are awesome!!!

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  14. I like the creating people that don't exist and events that are to your choosing. Way cool.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Absolutely. Piper feels real to me now. I know she isn't, but it feels as though she is!

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  15. This was a fun one to read today! And I agree with all of them!

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    1. Thank you! I try to keep things fun.

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  16. Love all these things! I couldn't ever work a job that didn't let me wear flannel pajama bottoms all day. :)

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    1. I did that whole thing for 21 years. The first year, I had to wear heels, pantyhose, and a skirt every day. It was the very early 90s and people were still a bit old-fashioned and stiff in the PR industry back then! Luckily I got out of that place after only a year and a couple of months, but I still couldn't wear PJs or even jeans (except on Fridays) until I worked from home. Working from home RULES!

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  17. I love your list! I am looking forward to working in my jammies (soon)and having that first byline. Right now, I'm just happy to be creating worlds and characters. BTW, that Snoopy cartoon is one of my all-time favorites.

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    1. I have to say, I'm SO glad I worked outside of writing for as long as I did. It makes me appreciate this so much more!

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  18. All great reasons to love writing. =)

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  19. Yeah, working in your jammies has got to be right up there at the top of the list! I work from home, so most days it's sweatshirt and yoga pants for me :) I'm signing up to participate in your release blitz - Your book covers are ADORABLE!!!

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    1. Thank you!!! I go from PJs to gym clothes, back to PJs! So yeah, most of my wardrobe is yoga pants!

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  20. you shine with the positive, and my guess it is working. Piper is everywhere and that's awesome. Good post

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    1. Thank you! I do try to be positive, although I have my gripy moments, for sure.

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  21. You are sooo right! I love all of these reasons too!

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  22. Love your photo montage of awesome reasons! I've also followed you a bit through the blogsphere today, and I'm impressed by your positivity.

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    1. My positivity is giving me a good reputation, sounds like!

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  23. I totally agree with all of the above! Being a writer is awesome in so many ways.

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    1. There are drawbacks to it, but there's nothing like writing!

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  24. You've presented some fabulous reasons to love writing! Writing the words THE END is such a sobering thing. I always think (as I've said to my kids!) be good, be safe, I love you. ;-)

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    1. It is tough to say goodbye to characters you've grown to love. That's a great point!

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  25. I think you gave some of the best reasons ever to write, and they all make sense. Keep doing what you do! Hugs...

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  26. That's a pretty neat summary :) Good slide show to play in our heads on the days it isn't going so well.

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    1. I should read back over this anytime I'm feeling down!

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    2. Print it out and hang it over your desk as your manifesto :D

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  27. I love your reasons, and definitely concur with the first one! :)

    I signed up for your Blitz! Yay! Can't wait!

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    1. Thank you, Kristin! I'm working in my nightgown right now, so I can definitely say that's the best.

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  28. Love love love this post!! I agree with every one of your reasons! Great post, Stephanie!

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  29. Making things up is fun. Congratulations on your blitz. I signed up.

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  30. What great reasons to love being an author! I dream of the day when I can walk into a bookstore and see my own titles up on the shelf. Until then, I'll keep on trucking with the thrill of writing "Chapter 1" and "The end."

    Side note: My daughter recently moved up to chapter books. I'll have to get her the first Piper Morgan book during out next trip to the bookstore!

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  31. These are all great reasons, but I agree that making things up is the best! Thanks for such a positive post Stephanie.:)

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  32. Love the pic of your Piper Morgan books on the shelf!
    Positivity ROCKS!!
    Happy IWSG!

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  33. Love your book cover designs!

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  34. Couldn't agree more! I remember a reader posting a display at her college library. It was for my book. I was shocked because I didn't know anyone at the college and she had just started going there. It put a huge smile on my face.

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  35. You covered everything I dream of, Stephanie. And I love the pictures. They brought it all home.

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  36. Love it - especially that last bit! We are alchemists.

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  37. Wow. You're on the same shelf as Heidi Hecklebeck! My daughter loves that series.

    She also had to read Esperanza Rising for school and said it touched her heart. (Aww). She says she wants to read more things like that.

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  38. OMG OMG! Look! There's Piper Morgan! (Hopping up and down) Woo Hoo.

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  39. "I create people who don't exist" is pretty much spot on! For me, I usually use a template in the form of someone I spotted at the flea market. lol

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  40. A great and fun approach to this month's question, Stephanie! Those are some amazing aspects of an accomplished writer! It will be a long time, if ever, before I can list these factors. In the meantime, I smile at the prospect and at your success! :-)

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  41. What a fantastic post! I have to say, it's like when I paint. When one is sold, and I know it's being cherished in someone's home, I am so happy! And, I get to create in my pj's too! LOL!

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  42. All fabulous aspects of being a writer. Who else gets licence to live inside their own head? I think creation is fulfilling--whether in writing or any other medium. We are made to create.

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  43. I've entered a few times because every time I do, it spits me out to the profile doesn't exist page. I signed in for November 15, I think. Twitter.

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    1. Got you, Joylene. It came through a few days ago but not again...maybe it only lets you sign up once? Not sure why it's doing that! I'll test it!

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  44. Lot's of great reasons to be a writer. Making things up for me, is one of my favourites. You are in inspiration. Keep up the good work.

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  45. So exciting to see your work on store shelves, I'm sure.
    Thanks for coming by..I gave the TODAY IS A GOOD DAY to our daughter..she has a large lake house and it will be perfect there..

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  46. You've listed soooo many good things about writing. They're all terrific, and true for most of us, but seeing your book displayed on store's shelf has GOT to be one of the biggest thrills. Especially the first time you see it. (I hope the thrill never diminishes.)

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  47. Hi Stefanie--I wanted to let you know I reviewed your book on Amazon and Goodreads--loved it. I'll get it published on my blog (WordDreams) after the New Year. Right now, it's scheduled for January 20th!

    Keep up this great writing for our newest readers.

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  48. Same!! And working in cozy leggings and socks all day is quite nice :)

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  49. There are so many fabulous things about being a writer. Working in my PJs is definitely high on that list :)

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  50. Hope your weekend has been wondrous.

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  51. Nice. ^_^ I have to agree with another IWSG blogger, though - the best thing about writing is writing, pure and simple. Everything else that's good about it is just support for that.

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  52. I have to agree with Mason T. Matchak: the best thing about writing is writing. Telling a story. Creating it. Living there. Everything about it. I can imagine my life without many things, but not without writing.

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  53. I love things like this that let us know a bit more about you. Thanks so much for visiting me at Marmelade Gypsy!

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