“Being a writer is like…” contest

I love quotes about writers, writing, and reading. So this contest to write a simile of what “Being a writer is like…” piqued my interest. The prize interested me just as much–a copy of Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights. (And yep, I just put that book on my wishlist, too!) (laughing) I found the quotes gathered on the page of what it’s like to be a writer interesting–especially since some of them were from such different perspectives. I definitely enjoyed reading them–so I thought I’d participate.

Here’s my first attempt:

“Being a writer is like having a mental do-over button: You can rewrite history, make unhappy events have happy endings, and find ways to do the things you couldn’t at the time but wish you could have. You can give abusive people their just desserts, and kind people their rewards. You can make life the way you think it should be–after the necessary conflict, of course.”
-Cheryl Rainfield

What do you think? And what would you write for the simile? You can answer here, or on the blog contest page (contest closes Dec 11, 2009), or whatever you’d like. 🙂

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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