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Authors Answer 130 – Till Death Do Us Write

For most authors, writing is a long term activity. But how long do authors write? What age do they quit? Or do they quit in their lifetimes? This week, we talk about how long we intend to write.

Question 130 – How long do you think you’ll write? Is there a point when you think you’ll stop?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I don’t think that I’ll ever really stop writing. I might reach a point in my life when I decide that there’s no point in attempting to publish anymore, but writing in general is just a huge part of who I am. I’ll always scribble out random scenes that pop into my head, or create new stories for other peoples’ characters. It’s not always about the end game of having a completed book; I write for fun, for love, and out of an almost physical need to, and I’m pretty sure that’s how it’s always going to be.

D. T. Nova

Stop entirely? Doesn’t seem very likely.

Gregory S. Close

I think I’ll write until I die.  Not non-stop.  There should be a couple of pee breaks, at least.

Jean Davis

I don’t foresee a reason to stop writing. There may come a time when I write only for myself rather than books I try to sell, but I tend to write the stories I like to read already so that wouldn’t be much of a change.

Eric Wood

I’ve always been drawn to writing. Even as a little kid I loved writing stories. I was always either writing stories or in a journal (not a diary!) or letters to friends to pass in the school halls. I don’t see an end to my writing any time in the near or distant future. Now I write a blog and I’m seriously enjoying it.

Paul B. Spence

What a strange question. I suppose I’ll stop when I’m dead. Why would I ever stop writing? I’m not doing it for the money. I’m writing because I’m a storyteller.

C E Aylett

Now I’ve been doing it for a decade, I can’t see myself ever stopping. However, lately life has become more hectic, complicated and stressful and I’ve lost my mojo a bit. I fully expect it to return, but in the meantime I am forcing bum on seat and even a paragraph a day is progress the way I see it. The only way I could see me stopping would be to let the routine slip, let life totally take control and not make the time for it. In saying that, I have ideas for eight more novels, half of which are already written in various stages of progress. Can’t see me giving those up, tbh.

H. Anthe Davis

I plan to write until I die.  And if we have reached a technological state by then that one can upload consciousness into the internet, or preserve the mind in some other manner, I’d like to continue writing after death too.

Beth Aman

I don’t think I’ll ever permanently stop writing.  I think there will be times when life is just too crazy to write seriously, but I think I will always pick it up again.  (Just like I sometimes go a few months without reading a book, but then I’ll marathon a series in a week.)  Being a writer is a part of who I am, now.  I think I’ll be the 95-year-old woman in a nursing home who won’t stop jotting down bad poetry on old napkins.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I don’t see myself stopping at any point in the future. Realistically, I’ll stop writing when I run out of viable story ideas, but I doubt that will happen or I’d even recognize my newer ideas as nonsense. So, I think I’ll be writing something or other for a good long while.

Cyrus Keith

I’ll stop writing sometime after they close the lid.

Jay Dee Archer

Stop? What’s that? I have far too many stories in my brain to stop writing. I want them out on paper (real and digital) for people to read. The process of writing takes a long time, and I think it’ll take my entire life to get those stories out.

How about you?

If you’re an author, how long do you think you’ll be writing? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Authors Answer 66 – The Urge to Quit Writing

I quit.

No, just kidding. Some authors may feel like quitting from time to time. Writing can be difficult. The rejections from publishers can become too much. The lack of sales can discourage an author. And if someone gets overwhelmingly negative reviews, that could cause an author to quit. But have we thought about it?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 66 – Have you ever wanted to quit writing?

Allen Tiffany

I did quit for about 15 years. It was not so much that I wanted to so much as life got in the way. There was a lot of good stuff going on in those 15 years that kept me excited and engaged (and busy), so writing just faded way, way back. Two years ago, while I was grossly under challenged by a job that only kept me busy 6 hours a day, I started writing again. There has just been an explosion of words hitting pages ever since, even as a new job is pushing me hard.

H. Anthe Davis

The temptation is always there, particularly in times like now, where I’m struggling through the first draft of a story.  Or when I’m bogged down in endless edits and rewrites, or when I’m eyeing my sales statistics, or…  Well, the point is, there are many, many, many easier things I could be doing with my time, but when I’ve actually tried to walk away, I may get some brief relief…until the story-ideas and characters start plaguing me.  If I ignored them for long enough, I’m sure the urge would eventually fade, and with it the skill; whenever I take a long pause from writing, I get this quiet fear that I’ve forgotten how to do it.  But I’ve worked too hard to reach this level, and I owe it to the characters to tell their stories — because they feel like people to me, and I’m their only outlet to the world.

So yeah, I could stop at any time if not for the voices in my head.  >_>

Jean Davis

I’ve never wanted to quit writing, but having babies did put writing on hold for a while. It’s hard to be creative when you’re utterly exhausted. I find writing relaxing and enjoyable. Even the editing. The only part of writing I’ve ever wanted to quit was the waiting to hear on submissions.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Oh, absolutely. See, like many writers, I have to deal with this little brain sucking vampire called “a day job”,  and between it, family, being a mother, and all that other good stuff, time is a very limited commodity. Then you add in all the extra things you pretty much have to do in order to be a writer – blogging, marketing yourself, etc. – and there are definitely times when I want to throw up my hands and say “Screw this!” It’s exhausting, it’s regularly quite discouraging, and you can often feel like you’re getting absolutely nowhere at the slowest possible pace known to mankind.

Unfortunately I love it too much to quit. Even when I’ve been at my absolute lowest and couldn’t find a second in the day to breathe, let alone write, I just can’t quit. If I’m away for it for too long I start to get antsy and depressed. It’s too much a part of who I am.

Paul B. Spence

I have moments of despair/weakness. I expect most writers do. Those moments are fleeting. I could never stop writing; I have too many stories left to tell.

S. R. Carrillo

Never not ever. It’s in my blood. It’s part of me – a huge part.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I’ve never wanted to quit completely, but there have been stretches of time where I lost the will to write anything new or continue projects. The difference is that I’ve never said “never,” but “not now.”

Linda G. Hill

… I don’t understand the question. Haha. But seriously, I don’t think writing, for me, is a choice to begin with. It’s part of who I am, like the colour of my eyes and the size of my feet. I wouldn’t be able to stop even if I went blind and all the paper and pencils and keyboards in the world disappeared – I’d still be making up stories in my head.

Gregory S. Close

I’ve never wanted to quit writing permanently, but I think every writer has had his/her moment of frustration, futility and doubt that brings that question into sharp focus.  Should I keep at it?  Is it worth it?  Am I good enough?

Sometimes circumstances have forced long breaks in production, but my desire to write has only gotten stronger since my first novel was published.

To borrow a quote from Gloria Steinem, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”

Eric Wood

I’ve never really considered myself a writer, so to speak. I’ll write a story here and there and I only started blogging consistently a year ago. I may not write for a day or for a week, but it never lasts. I’m always back at it. Or at least thinking of more things write. I’ve taken time off, but never really quit.

D. T. Nova

No.

I’ve been writing various stories in different ways for a lot longer than I’ve been thinking of myself as “a writer”, and at no point have I ever thought “I don’t want to do this again”.

Jay Dee Archer

I’ve never wanted to quit. I’ve had lengthy breaks, though. In fact, when I first developed Ariadne, I’d planned the story, but never wrote anything until the last three years. And even now, I’m on hiatus due to lack of privacy, lack of time, and abundance of child.

I don’t think I ever want to quit writing. I have four novel series, two science fiction, two fantasy, that are stuck in my head trying to get out. You’re going to see a lot of writing from me pretty soon.

How about you?

Have any of you authors wanted to quit writing? How about bloggers? Did you ever want to click on delete and end the blog? Let us know in the comments below.

Authors Answer 22 – Writing Apocalypse

It’s the end of the world.  Authors have all become zombies, and are no longer writing.  What do we do?  Oh wait, there are still some authors around.  But what are they going to do, stop writing or ignore the undead?  This week’s question is brought to us by H. Anthe Davis.

Zombies_NightoftheLivingDeadQuestion 22: Barring a zombie apocalypse, is there anything that could make you stop writing?

S. R. Carrillo

Absolutely not. Not even if it were detrimental to my health (which, sometimes, I think it may be). I would find a way. I always have.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I don’t even think a zombie apocalypse could stop me from writing. The truth is that aside from the obvious things like wanting to be read (and hoping that income comes as a result), I mostly write because it’s something I enjoy with all my heart. Even if I were told today that no one would ever read any of it and nothing would ever come of it, I would still write because it makes me happy.

That said, if we’re talking about all possibilities, I suppose going blind would probably make me stop writing. Or if I became so destitute that I couldn’t even afford pens and paper. But I’m gonna go ahead and sincerely hope that neither of those things ever happens.

Paul B. Spence

Do you really think a zombie apocalypse would even slow me down? No, nothing would stop me from writing. I have stories that need to be told. I’ll tell them. I don’t think any true storyteller could ever stop.

H. Anthe Davis

I intend to write until I die of old age, or get smooshed by a car, or whatever ends up happening.  I have also made plans with one of my writer-friends to keep my notes in a shared folder, so that if I do get smooshed by a car, she can finish off some of my storylines.  Since I have a long series in the works, making sure it ends properly is my first concern.  Will I eventually run out of ideas?  ….Doubtful.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Why should a zombie apocalypse stop me?  What else am I going to do when I have downtime in my shelter?  Besides, with the apocalypse being one of my favorite topics for writing, it’s perfect for subject material.

Jean Davis

The only thing that has ever made me totally stop writing was having babies. I have a hard time being creative in any manner when I’m utterly exhausted and there’s another being that utterly reliant on me for survival. Asking someone to watch them while I was off doing my own thing led to guilt, and while exhausted, that just led to depression, and that is not a good place to be in. Once those beings were in a mobile and even remote state to provide for themselves, I was back at the computer, even if that meant blocking out twenty screaming kids so I could write for ten minutes between them crying because they got hit in the head in the McDonald’s ball pit.

Amy Morris-Jones

I’ve actually tried to stop a few times—mostly because of time issues and guilt. It’s hard to be a parent and a writer, I’ve decided, since writing takes me away from my kids at times. However, I’ve never succeeded for long. I may stay away from my writing projects for a few days or even a few weeks, but I swear they call to me. I find myself obsessed with some idea, and the next thing I know, I’m writing again. So, I guess my answer to the initial question is I doubt anything could make me stop writing.

D. T. Nova

Completely with no chance of starting back? I don’t think so. Well, maybe if I totally lost my ability to focus, or lost my hands or something.

Caren Rich

Too many things could make me stop writing. Seriously sick children, my husband losing his job, a massive hurricane.  I have the time to write because everything else is OK. I don’t treat it as my job, I should but I don’t.  I do it because I want to and I enjoy it. I write in small bits of time between work, school, and family obligations. If one of those responsibilities is thrown out of whack, writing is put on hold. If you are talking about a permanent stop….death.

Linda G. Hill

Honestly, I think I’d write through a zombie apocalypse. In fact I’d make sure to give the zombies a pen along with my brain so I still wouldn’t have to stop. But in all seriousness, the only thing that could stop me from writing would be if something happened to my kids. They are the only thing in my life that’s more important than writing.

Jay Dee Archer

Would zombies even stop me?  Well, I need an audience, so I would hope we’d win the war against the zombies and repopulate the world, then I’d have many books to publish.

But really, I’ve been rather slow at writing while I have little privacy at home.  But it doesn’t stop me from writing.  If I lost my hands or the use of my hands, I’d probably dictate.  If I could only move my eyes, I’d do what Stephen Hawking does.  I think the only way I’d stop writing is death.

How about you?

What would stop you from writing?  Would anything stop you?  Let us know in the comments below.