I suppose you all have seen the posts various places “shaming” dogs and cats for their actions.
Like eating food off the table. Or destroying something they should not have.
Kind of like this one:
But writers? No. We have to do it differently. Because after all what we have “shame” about has to do with writing.
So if there was going to be some kind of shaming thing it would most likely be on paper … or some electronic imitation of paper.
And as it turns out, it is.
This being the month of all things NaNo, there appears to be a new hash tag out there.
I mean, we all … we writers that is … seem to have many of the same challenges.
Coming up with a good story line.
Staying awake when we need to be.
In the case of NaNoWriMo it might be trying to hit the 1667 words each day … and not giving in to the temptation to go out and edit now.
I thought it was great when folks started to post their own versions of #WriterShaming in one of the Facebook groups I belong to.
One of my favorite … although heartbreaking … ones was this picture … with this explanation:
Spent days writing notes, forgets to check pockets before wash. #writershaming
Talk about things that make you want to jump off a bridge or something!
All that work. Gone. Unless you can pry open the little pieces of paper and get some of it back.
I tried to come up with something I could write in a post … something of the #WriterShaming variety … for myself. But for the life of me I can’t think of anything good.
Kind of a writer’s block of writers shaming as it were.
The best I can come up with is that I count the words from my blog here in the final total of my NaNoWriMo word count.
Hardly anything of note.
Well someone posted this: “I didn’t update my word count for five days just I could make myself feel completely awesome. #WriterShaming”
I suppose I do update my Word Count just because I know it might be seen here and that makes me feel good. #QuestionableWriterShaming.
Just in the past 24 hours there have been several posts about #writershaming in my one writers group. I’ll share them here.
“I am making things for my rats instead of writing. #writershaming“
Then there is this which strikes me more as humble-bragging than writer shaming:
But maybe that’s just me.
So I pulled down the ones that were posted … just in the last 24 hours … with the hashtag #WriterShame or #WriterShaming. Here they are for you to look through.
What the heck. Maybe you will get a laugh out of some. Maybe you’ll identify with some. Maybe they will give you a well deserved break. Maybe you won’t look at them at all.
All I know is that I have almost another 500 words to add to my word total. And that’s not bad.
(545 words to add to my total by the way. Thank you very much.)