The (de)evolution of a writer

Mere words cannot do justice to my love for Natalie Whipple. (Kind of ironic, huh?) In a blogosphere full of writers clamoring for attention, Natalie stands out for being completely open, honest, helpful, funny, insightful, and most of all, genuine.

(Trust me. After I discovered her, I went back and read every. single. post. in her archive of 2+ years. So I know.)

She also has great taste in anime, a zillion awesome book ideas, and enviable talent with a pen. And pencil! Yes, Natalie is an artist to boot, and she has graciously shared that talent with us today.

I want to give a big thanks to Natalie and all my wonderful guest bloggers! Readers, please remember to show them comment-love. When I get back, I’ll select the most thoughtful comment of the week, and winner/prize will be announced Monday.

Now, without further ado, Natalie’s guest post…

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  1. Sonja says:

    I definitely like the aesthetic of the writer sinking lower and lower. However, the “waiting” period depicted looks much quieter than mine has been. I’ve done a fair amount of kicking over trashcans and shaking my fist at the sky. :)

  2. Les says:

    And just when I was starting to have a positive outlook on life there you go squashing it… :p

    Side note and totally unrelated, I’m o envious of your vacation organization.

  3. Joelle says:

    I have now received my daily dose of giggle.

  4. Marie says:

    Soooo fabulously apt. Although my waiting involves a lot of ice cream eating too…I don’t wait for rejection for that. :) Yay Natalie!

  5. Dara says:

    LOVE THIS!! That’s so true.

  6. T.S. Bazelli says:

    Oh man, this is so true, it’s funny! LOL

  7. Have to say I love Natalie as well – I’m currently reading through her entire archive (only one year left to read) and can honestly say I very rarely spend that much time on one person. As for the (de)evolution of a writer I can totally see this being me – you know, once I get past the second part :)

  8. Erin says:

    SO true. Wonderful!

  9. Sarah Enni says:

    This is AMAZING. Gorgeously illustrated, first of all, and also hilarious.

  10. Sarah says:

    I’m stuck on editing…so much. further. to. go!

  11. Shari says:

    This made me LOL … it’s so accurate!!

  12. JannatWrites says:

    Great depiction – and it’s almost accurate…except that she still has a full head of hair after the waiting and rejection :)

    I love the repeat if success part. I guess it’s like childbirth; not fun while you’re going through it, but somehow the reward is worth it so you do it again.

    Thanks for the laugh!

  13. Jon says:

    I love this cartoon! If that character were me, I would caption the last cartoon “dejection,” but I think that’s just my mindset right now. I really need to cheer up…

  14. Kristan says:

    Bethany Mason-
    She just sucks you in, doesn’t she?! I have only done that for 3 bloggers so far: Natalie, her friend Kiersten White, and the infamous Heather Armstrong of Dooce.

    LOL! Good thing I have so much hair to spare…

    Aww, hang in there! I know it feels like we’re constantly treading water, but we’re so young, and have come so far already!

  15. Meghan Ward says:

    I think she missed a few steps – drinking wine, eating chocolate, tearing hair out, crying, cleaning the toilet in order to avoid writing, drinking some more …

    Thanks for sharing the link to her blog!

  16. Kristan says:

    Lol well Natalie is Mormon, so there IS no wine step for her… but I think your process is probably quite common.

  17. What an absolute great “sketch”. I think you nailed it.

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