Sunday, 19 January 2014

It's a dog's life

Being a writer is a lot like being a dog. We sniff around looking for ideas and checking up on what everyone else is doing (even if we do usually call it research and reading.) We're grateful whenever anyone throws us a bone and if you've ever seen a dog dreaming, you know how we feel when we get a plot idea just when it's most awkward to write it down.

Just as a dog is always a dog (even when he's also being a four legged dustbin, slobber generator or physical trainer) a writer is always a writer. I'm assuming I'm not the only one who, whilst commiserating over a family member's embarrassing incident, is thinking 'oooh, I can use that'.

When we get a reject, it's like we've been left in the kennels. An acceptance is the best walk ever.



My own dog is imaginary, so I can't show you a photo. Instead here's my cat (he's ficticious but photographable) and other people's dogs.

And here's a competition for a story featuring a dog. The top prize is $500. That'd buy a lot of chews.

Can you think of other ways writers are like dogs?








32 comments:

  1. The competition sounds interesting. Will check it out. Thanks.

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  2. Thanks for the info., Patsy. I don't have a dog either but like your comparisons with writers. Poppy who belongs to my son and daughter-in-law is visiting later so I shall watch her antics with a different eye now!

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    1. You can imagine what she's plotting, Jan.

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  3. My dog makes a great writer's companion. He takes me exploring places I might otherwise pass by and he gets me into conversations with lots of different folk. And having recently learned a lot about him through the tattoos in his ears, I know that he has many stories to tell. Trouble is, he doesn't say much. I'll have to learn to speak dog.

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    1. Yes, I imagine your dog will provide you with plenty of material one way or another, Robert.

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  4. Um...intelligent? Intuitive?

    But we don't roll in fox poo or sniff people's - er - legs, so maybe that's where it ends.

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    1. There certainly are a few doggy habits we'd be better off avoiding, Frances.

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  5. Dogs are loyal to their owners, writers are loyal to their writing.
    Intuition, yes, I agree with Frances.

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    1. Loyalty, yes - and unconditional love of a story even if it's being mean to us.

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  6. What a cute stuffed animal, it looks so soft! Speaking of dogs, mine really needs a bath + a haircut. I'm not sure how she can see anything at the moment...

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    1. Not being able to see out through my hair is something I share in windy weather, Leandra.

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    1. Me too, Keith. Try not taking a notebook - that way you're bound to come up with a good idea.

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  8. I saw a picture on FB recently with a big dog sitting on a chair staring at a computer screen. The caption read, "First rule of writing: SIT. Second rule of writing: Stay."

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  9. Patsy, here's a free poetry contest. You need to browse their site and you'll find it:
    www.sharkpackpoetry.com

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    1. It is. And when we get an acceptance we're like a dog with two ... tails.

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  11. Lovely picture of Bagpuss! I can't think of any doggy characteristics for a writer that you haven't covered, but agents - well, they do tend to pee all over your work.

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  12. When you send a the wrong type of story to a magazine, you'll be 'barking up the wrong tree'. Sorry, Patsy - I know I could have done better but Bonnie has rolled in something unmentionable on her walk and it is very distracting!

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    1. I like that one, Wendy. (The smell of dog which has rolled in something disgusting is one of the few things I don't miss about having a dog)

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  13. Hi Patsy - oh to be a dog or a cat ... and not worry about life usually if they're in creature comfort in a much loved home ... then they can have the temerity to dream with their feet in the air happily twitching ...

    Cheers and enjoy your story writing ... Hilary

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    1. I rather suspect I twitch when I write, Hilary.

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  14. What a fun comparison! Never knew how much writers have in common with dogs till now... :P

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    1. I pride myself this blog is full of stuff you didn't know you didn't know and which you're unluckly to be able to use once you do, Heather.

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  15. This is a really great comparison! Nice post.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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