Writing

Writing is to Moving …

Some of you already know that my husband and I are in the process of buying a house. Since August, I’ve browsed real estate and researched our options. When we finally found a house to make an offer on, the work didn’t end. Now we’re dealing with the appraisal and home inspection. My website has suffered because of these distractions, and I apologize for veering off schedule. If all goes well, we should move in mid-October. I hope to resume my regular blogging by mid-November. Thank you for your patience during this craziness!

Tonight I have some free time, so I want to write a long overdue Topic. Since the move is always looming in my mind, I’ll try to relate moving to writing!

In the last couple weeks, I’ve sorted out items for garage sales and organized the items we must keep. I’m often thinking of where our furniture will go in the new house, how to store our things, and what type of paint I need. I maintain lists of items I’ll possibly buy, colors of paint I like, and decorating ideas.

When I write, I’m a plotter. Apparently, I’m also a plotter when I move.

For the past seven years, I’ve rented apartments or houses to live in. To finally buy a house feels both exciting and overwhelming to me. I’ve always had to live within constraints, never able to paint or make structural changes. Now I’m faced with vast freedom, though the commitment sometimes scares me!

I’ve never been a ghostwriter, but I can imagine how it must feel, working within the guidelines of someone else’s story. If a ghostwriter quit a steady job and started on a fictional novel, maybe that would compare to the switch from renter to homeowner!

When I go to bed at night, it takes me a long time to fall asleep—my head is too busy with plans. My friend Syd also turned into an insomniac during her move. However, my husband hasn’t lost a wink of sleep, at least not from moving (men have different kinds of worries!). He says women instinctively have to “nest.” I don’t know if that’s true, or if the ornithologist in him just wants to compare us to birds. Either way, it reminded me of the many differences between men and women.

Which made me wonder: how do female writers differ from male writers? I honestly have no clue! Most of my close writer friends are female, and even the blogs I follow tend to be written by females (not by purposeful discrimination, I swear!). I’ve met a few male authors (John Green, M. T. Anderson, Mark Del Franco, Dean Lorey, Brian Kell, and more), but I never had a chance to thoroughly discuss their writing craft. The exception is my friend, Pat, one of my part-time CPs. I will have to ask him about writing with a Y chromosome. I do remember us considering a collaboration—he said he would write the action scenes, and I could write the romance. LOL!

What do you think?? Do men approach writing differently than women do? I would love to hear opinions from both genders!

I must sign off for now. More plotting, er, packing to do. Have a great week!

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2 thoughts on “Writing is to Moving …

  1. Yes, yes, yes. I believe that men and women write differently. But it is in the details. Women usually find an emotional side, even in descriptions. Men usually tell it how it is, and tend to enjoy the facts and history of things in descriptions. I can usually tell what sex the story is written by even if I don’t know who the author is. Of course there are exceptions to this, but it is pretty blatant that MOST romance authors are women and MOST horror and thriller authors are men.
    Hope the move continues to go well. It’s an amazing change that you’re making!
    Love,
    Ellie

    • Hey, Ellie! I totally agree with your comments. I just finished looking at my bookshelves, and most of my books are written by female authors … perhaps because I like to read romance and emotional stories! The main exceptions are John Green (who makes me laugh) and Neil Gaiman (who writes irresistible fantasy). But I’m open to anything, so I’ll definitely keep trying new male authors.

      So we know the writing RESULT is different between men and women … but what about the writing APPROACH? Do guys have a different way of brainstorming, outlining, plotting, characterizing, editing, rewriting, etc? Any ideas??

      Thanks, Ellie … I’ll be in touch! Love, Erin

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