Check, Check, Check & Check
So, you’re a writer – or you’ve decided to become one. Great! Congrats and welcome to the fold. But here are a few tidbits that people don’t tell you about being a writer. Some of them may seem like common sense. That means you’re a writer, or already as nutty as the rest of us.
- You will, voluntarily, lose sleep in order to sit in a chair and type, whether it means getting up hours too early or staying up way too late. Not only will you do it, but you’ll schedule time for it in your day planner.
- You will sometimes find yourself with a plate of congealed dinner or cold coffee because you had an idea and just had to jot it down, which turned into a marathon writing session.
- People will always expect you to have paper and pen. This leads to them never letting you hear the end of it when you clean out your purse and forget to put these back in because you couldn’t decide on a size of paper or the right pen. This will then lead to having to ask a complete stranger to borrow their pencil and/or scrap of paper.
- You will, at any given time, jot down names of people you meet because you like them, or eavesdrop on conversations and write them down to be used in a story. (Note: try not to laugh if they make a funny. People find this creepy.)
- You will also find yourself in meetings, social situations, etc plotting the demise of that guy in the next office over who drives you nuts. As I told my mother on my recent vacation about someone else on the tour – when you’re a writer and they’re really driving you nuts, you can always make them a character and kill them off in fun and creative ways. If you really don’t like them, you can change their names and do it over and over again.
- Twitter, blogging, facebook, tumbler, pinterest and all the other social media sites will take over your life. They will also be the biggest source of procrastination EVER.
- Running ideas past your friends and family will sound like a great idea. Sometimes you just have to talk it out and the problems with your plot solve themselves. Eventually, you will come to the realization that said family and friends haven’t heard a word you’ve said, they’ve just learned to nod and grunt in the appropriate places. This is perfectly okay. It means they have no idea what’s going on when you force them to proofread later.
What else have you got? I know there are so many other things that could be added!