What are writers like?

As a writer I spend most of my time sitting in an office with no one to talk to but the dogs (and my characters). It has always been said that there is a fine line between creativity and insanity and I walk that tightrope daily. When you find yourself surrounded by people it is easy to reach the conclusion ‘I don’t fit’. Instead, you sit in the corner with your notebook and observe, listen and jot down notes. People watching is an important part of the job and you let your imagination take the conversations you hear on into territories which might horrify the person you were listening to… if they knew!

Normally, in a crowd of people I feel drained and want to escape. It’s nothing personal. I love some of those people dearly, but I need to be able to think and be creative and I can’t do that in the midst of the bustle.

Then you come away for a week on a Writers’ Summer School. Wow. I’m surrounded by a couple of hundred people walking the same tightrope. Some of them have more poise and almost seem sane. Others have fallen over the wrong side of the line and are the most marvellous eccentrics I’ve ever met. I feel totally at home and am loving every minute of it. When I talk about the conversations with my characters, no one here thinks I’m mad. Of course, they’re wrong, but the beauty is that we’re all mad together.

Hopefully, at the end of the week they will let us all out to go home. We will be the richer for coming together and the poorer for being parted… until next year.

Before I came, I confess I was anxious and was not looking forward to it. How wrong I was. If you are creative and have never had chance to get together with like-minded people then find a way to do it. It’s marvellous. I’m coming away with more ideas of things I want to work on than there is time to do in the next twelve months. I’ve got a plan. I’ve got direction. More than that, I’ve got new friends and deepened existing friendships.

Watch out world, I’m fired up and ready to roll.


  6 comments for “What are writers like?

  1. Tricia Osborne
    August 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Great blog Rosemary and I get where you’re coming from completely. I feel priveleged to have met you and enjoyed your friendship.

  2. August 11, 2016 at 6:48 am

    So pleased to have met you , Rosemary. You have kept me sane haha

    • August 11, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Yes it’s been fantastic. Shame we don’t live nearer to each other. x

  3. August 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Having done a workshop last month at the Cork Literary Festival, I know exactly what you mean. Mixing with fellow writers for even a few days is so energising and motivating, isn’t it? 🙂

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    • August 22, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Wonderful. I hope you are able to ride the wave for a long time and make the most of writing. Life tends to get in the way, but cling to the dream.

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