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Weird writer ways…

January 5, 2011

Writers like to squirrel things away

Writers aren’t like normal people. Perhaps the hours in isolation at our computers makes us squirrelly, but we’re a little different. We come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, might be introverted or extroverted, may have started writing early in life or late in life, but we share a kinship with each other, and I think, certain traits.

  • Writers love words. We love the nuances of meaning, the way words look and sound. This may seem like an obvious no-brainer, but can you imagine a house builder loving bricks or two-by-fours?
  • We have imaginary friends. Writers daydream a lot, spend a lot of time in our heads, making up stories, conversing with imaginary people.
  • We hoard things. We squirrel away facts, scraps of paper with snippets of information, newspaper articles, impressions of people or places.
  • We deal in magic. We take something intangible—an idea—that exists only in our heads and weave an entire world around it to amuse and amaze others.
  • We are obsessed with or addicted to what we do. Writing isn’t always a choice, Grasshopper. We are compelled to write. We have a need to communicate that can only be satisfied by writing—putting thoughts to written words—as opposed to speaking or painting or composing music.
  • Writing is more discipline, than inspiration, but when we are writing from true inspiration there is no better feeling in the world and there is nothing that we would rather do in that moment than write. This is not a good time to interrupt us.
  • Whether we want to or not, we compare ourselves to other writers. We either think, “I can do that,” or “Damn, I wish I could do that.”
  • We love writing. Another seeming no-brainer, except that while we want to make a career or a living from writing, the fact is, we’d still write even if we never made a cent.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 3:35 pm

    Excellent post…said another weird writer.
    It’s like I read about myself.

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