A Book Comic

Book Comic by Annie Neugebauer

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  • Love it! If it was that easy, everybody would be writing a book. Oh, everyone is. 😉

    • Haha, I know, right? That’s actually what made me think of this; I *hate* when people say that! I think it undercuts all of us.

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Have to laugh and agree with my namesake below ;-). If ONLY it were that easy!

  • Too funny! I love this. Why doesn’t my book write itself while I nap???????

    • Hehe, thanks Lisa. I imagine it’s the same reason my book doesn’t revise itself while I catch up on TV! 😉

  • Haha! Love it, Annie! 😀

  • Richardsfive

    I admit when I hear writers say this line I think one of two things:

    1) Yeah, right.
    2) So there really is such a thing as The Chosen One

    • Bahahaha! Regina, your comments lately have been cracking me up. You need to get on Twitter with that wit! Or, you know, save it for my blog comments. =D

  • -j-

    LOVE! I’ll do more comics if you will. 🙂

  • B.I.G. Tuna

    When I did NaNoWriMo in 2009 I finished in 16 days, and I know I could’ve finished sooner had I not screwed around as much. That one wasn’t a book writing itself as much as it was using me like an uncomfortable athletic cup during a rugby match. It was kinda cool though that on 11/16/09 I was emailing a finished (and vastly unpolished) manuscript off to friends. 

    Hey, why is everyone throwing darts at me?!

    • Duck! No, that’s just some teasing. Here’s the thing: what you’re talking about is creative inspiration in a rush of energy. That’s a blast, and most writers and other artists get to experience it in their life. And I’m sure that is what most people mean when they say something “wrote itself.” So, yes, perhaps I’m being a little hard on that, but here’s why: it makes writing sound easy. Sometimes it is, like when those muse-driven marathons come knocking, but most of the time it isn’t.

      Even if the actual drafting is easy, my guess is that said project needs a loooooot of work. Rewrites, revisions, edits, polish. And that’s the problem: writing as a career is more than just the act of writing. Those of us in the industry know that the fun part is just the tip of the iceberg. So when laymen and brand new writers hear some famous author bragging about how a project “just wrote itself”, it’s misleading at best and damaging at worst—both to the industry professionals who work their asses off and to that new writer who will have to learn said lesson the hard way.

      So, do I know what people usually mean when they say it? Yes. It’s awesome and envy-inspiring—which is probably part of the dart-throwing and comic-drawing. But it’s also frustrating, because I know that it undercuts a profession that already struggles to gain respect from people outside the industry, you know?

      Long story short: I know what you mean, but I reserve the right to poke fun of the wording. 😉

  • Hehe, this is hilarious! And I think it’s so cool that you illustrated this. Great job!

  • I love that. Could be the header of a blog too. Very clever.