Writing is Like Driving- Guest Blog Post by Sapphire Phelan

Writing Is Like Driving


Writing can be tough sometimes, especially when you hit a pothole in middle of the roadway. Yes, writing can be like driving in real life. You know you have to take driving lessons to be able to take that driver’s test in order to get your driver’s license so you can drive a car. Same goes for those English classes in school and college, plus writer’s workshops you enroll in at conventions, conferences and writer’s festivals. It’s all about making you the best writer you can be, just like driving lessons will hopefully make you the best driver you can be.


And like all drivers should to become a better driver, so should you should write every day to become a better writer.  Practice always makes perfect, or as close as you can get. Even if it’s not a manuscript you have due, or a book, story or poem that you’re working on, just writing anything for a few minutes, even what you might think is garbage, can be beneficial. Besides, that garbage one day may spark a story idea and then, it’s no longer garbage—right?


A good driver cares about his/her car. They change the oil when it’s needed, get it new tires, have it inspected, and get it repaired when it is required. You put gas in it, washer fluid, add oil when it’s needed, and whatever else you know the vehicle necessitates. Same goes for the tools of a writer’s trade. Your PC or laptop needs a virus and spysweeper program installed, especially if you use said computer to go online for research or to do promotions for your books. You clean it, set up programs that are needed for writing, do a virus scan weekly and whatever else you feel your computer needs. And not just the computer, but you must take care of yourself! You do this by a good diet, exercise, and proper amount of sleep each night. You make sure you don’t catch any diseases, for even a cold can befuddle the thinking processes. After all, those lovely stories are in your head and a foggy brain doesn’t function well getting them out and into a manuscript.


There’ll be times when you hit those potholes, or writer’s block. Even you need to get up out of that chair to go read a book, watch a movie, take a walk around the neighborhood or work on another manuscript or short story, when you just can’t continue writing on a particular day. It happens. No one is going to beat you over the head about it. The next day, just get back behind the wheel (or in front of the laptop/PC) and get back on track with what you were working on. After all, don’t you get tired of driving when you’ll been doing it for several hours on the road and need to pull over? Same goes for writing.


Next time you sit down in front of your screen and it’s opened to Microsoft Word, ready for you to type in some words, think of it like getting behind the wheel and heading down the road to unknown parts. Writing is like driving and your story is the world that flies by as you head down the highway of imagination.




I am giving away a download of Just Another Paranormal Monday-Halloween Anthology to one winner. Please leave the answer to my question and your email in the comments. The question: What kind of license does a writer need to get for writing in your opinion? Remember to leave your email, so I can contact the winner the next day. You have until midnight Eastern, October 19th.


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Sapphire Phelan is an author of erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance, along with a couple of erotic horror stories. She also writes as Pamela K. Kinney, for horror, fantasy, science fiction, and nonfiction ghost books.

She lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Bast. 

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house and husband sometimes suffers for it!



13 thoughts on “Writing is Like Driving- Guest Blog Post by Sapphire Phelan

  1. Shoot Julie took my answer! Ok, if not a Commercial Driver’s License, then I have to go with a Chauffer’s License. As writers, we are gonig to be transporting our readers to destinations known and unknown. We will be maneuvering them past the obstacles and stresses of their daily “commute/life” and making the trip almost effortless. We pamper them with a luxurious setting and perhaps a treat or two to add to their enjoyment of the trip. Yep, I think a Chauffer’s License would work just fine!

    Denise Golinowski – Fantasy with a Kiss of Romance

  2. I don’t think an author needs any kind of license— just an imagination and sometimes life experience helps! I think writers need no license becasue I want to read something outside the box, follows no rules, I hate predictable books and ending!

  3. I think a writer needs to learn to read outside their genre; I learned a lot about how to craft a good story, just by reading lots of different types. (I also learned a lot about what not to do, and what I don’t want to repeat in my own stories). In fact, I learned most from the *gasp* Classics. So I’d definitely suggest reading a good cross section of the Classics. The potential writer should also pay attention to mechanics, of course. If they can’t enroll in a basic English class, or a creative writing course, then at least get a book or two out of the library about it, also books based on whatever their genre is. There are lots of good ones out there. Anything you learn can add to your writing, so definitely I’d direct them to the nearest library. 🙂 Then, of course, just practice, practice, practice.

    Please do enter me in the giveaway, Sapphire, and best of luck with JAPH!

  4. I liked your car/driver analogy as a metaphor for writing. I look at writing as analagous to making alphabet soup. You start off by putting all the letters in a pot and boiling them until they are tender. Then the real work begins. You must stir them until they make sense but not a single turn of the spoon longer. “Imagine a bowl of soup stirred by Charles Dickens morphing from OIYOIUBLOYUFIKHJV into “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. …”

    Writing is painless. It is simply allowing the connection between your imagination and your fingers free reign. Editing, revising and shaping is difficult. Too many writers, in my opinion settle for the first words that appear, use mechanical tools to edit for GSP and then taking the easiest path when it comes to the critical chioces among similar words.

    So many times I have seen this little gem of wisdom: “Writing is hard.” My knee-jerk reaction?

    “A thousand time no! Cement is hard. Writing exceptional poetry or prose is difficult.”

    And if finding the right word (as opposed to the left word?) is a chore, just think how much energy might be expended finding an opening line that will capture the heart and soul of an editor.

  5. Ooh, interesting question.
    I think you really need a license to create.
    Creating is so very important to writing. A writer needs more than just the ability to string words together.
    My dad is an editor for scientific journals and is great at what he does…but when he sits down to write his sci-fi fantasy book he’s been writing since I was a kid, he has such a dry scientific approach to it, that it’s incredibly boring. He’s very learned and has several degrees to his name, yet his creativity levels when aimed at writing just aren’t there.
    If I sit down to write and my little munchkins won’t leave me alone, I notice that my writing is choppy and awkward, but when I’m left alone, my creativity stirs and everything is much more interesting and enjoyable.

    btw, I LOVE Julie’s analogy 😉


  6. What kind of a license should a writer get?
    In my opinion, I don’t think a writer should have to get any kind of license or learn anything specific to do fiction writer because I believe that is something that comes from a person’s own thoughts, beliefs and experiences and no one can take courses in that. I do think a writer would want to learn the basics of writing to help him make his writing more understandable, easier to read and easier for the writer. If a writer is doing non-fiction and is hired by someone, he would need more knowledge and specific knowledge and then it’s up to the person or firm hiring him just what sort of knowlege they would require. In my opinion licensing people, eliminates people from whatever field they are into and shuts people out. We are fortunate to have freedom in this country to speak and write what we want, more or less, and should try to hang on to this privilege and freedom.

  7. I think a writer should get a CDL like a truck driver. Because a writer , like a truck driver has to thump the tires (computer) and check the tie downs (check the world that they are writing about) before they can go down the road.

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

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