I'm so misunderstood.
Not to whine, but sometimes I just wish my family was just a tad more understanding of my "writer mentality" (emphasis on the mental). If only they wouldn't sigh when I talk back to the characters in my head. Or get that glazed look in their eyes when I express excitement over a new idea for a plotline. Or change the subject as soon as I say the words, "POV", "Head-hopping", "word count" or "synopsis." Or roll their eyes when I dive for the computer as soon as we walk in the door.
But, while it would be nice for my family to "get" me, I'm not holding my breath. I AM a writer, after all. And everyone knows writers are a completely different breed.
The good news is I AM NOT ALONE! Not only do I have the wonderful world of Internet where I can connect with other people just like me (what did writers ever do without it?), but I have recently made friends with several writers who live near enough to me that we can actually get together face-to-face to talk writerese.
I had one such meeting yesterday with seven women and one almost-woman (she is 16). What an awesome time we had! There is nothing like being in the company of others who understand that when you say proposal, you're not talking about marriage. And that the markets you mention aren't of the food variety. And that submission doesn't have one thing to do with a husband and a wife.
I realized yesterday that I didn't only enjoy the three hours we spent together, I needed this interaction with other writers. I left refreshed, encouraged and excited about this call to write that God has placed on me.
Most of all, when I left our meeting, I felt UNDERSTOOD.
The decision was made to schedule regular writers' meetings. And this decision is not entirely selfish. I figure the more often we meet, the less pressure I'll put on my husband and kids to pretend that they're happy to listen to me babble on about my latest story idea. Or have to bear with me complaining that I didn't meet my word count goal for the day.
So I just want to take a moment and say thank you to Mid, Cari, Sandy, Micha, Karlene, Melinda, Kelly, and Patty (not pictured - she's behind the camera) for understanding me. And for those of you writers who are feeling misunderstood, there really is hope. I highly encourage you to scope out other writers in your area and make plans to meet.
You'll be glad you did.