Writing can be that unique addiction that exhausts you; you write all through the night and read during the day to get inspiration. You assemble letters like a coach sets out with his winning team.
People tell you that they like your articles but the visible likes are abysmally low and the number of shares needs some high heels to see above a fence that is 1 ft. tall. The comments section is as lively as an airport during the pandemic lockdown.
Sometimes, they call you a jobless folk sitting behind screens and punching keys without paying attention to the hands of time. It’s your abode and you gladly enjoy the pains of your solitude. Gradually, you become the master of words and you know how to send them on errands. Your words birth smiles; they wipe tears and comfort broken souls.
You fill blank screens with millions of words; you search for the right words in the jungle of letters to dress thoughts in beautiful attires. It’s a feisty war and a fierce battle to tell stories that touch the heart. Every writer out there deserves a medal. You are the real MVP.
From ideas, you create a catalogue of captivating stories. Your numb fingers pierce through writer’s block like iron prongs; every piece is a product of resilience. You are so gifted with words and make them look more than an assemblage of alphabets. From the castles of solitude, you send a storm of letters that resurrects our memories from the ashes of history. Everything comes alive because your pen gives life.
Despite the seemingly boring life of writers, there are some distinctive features that distinguish this clan of creative artists. We’ve got some unique traits, it’s very easy to tell if someone is a writer.
All eyes on you
There is this eerie feeling of all eyes peering at you while reading your published work. Even if it is a Facebook post, you nurse the possibility of your readers judging you and your work. Then, you begin to plot several trajectories of a million thoughts in your head. After observing from the sidelines, you create a long list of folks who love your work and those who just ignore it. Surprisingly, those who truly appreciate your work are the conservative ones who never click the like button or drop a comment.
Books are your best friends
I know you have great people in your life that you can call friends but nothing can be compared to the joy in your heart when you see your favourite books. Books are your best friends; they are treasured pearls. You’d sacrifice new shoes for getting the latest book by your favourite author. Your bookshelf is full but that never stops you from getting a new book. And perhaps, maybe you are like me, people call me bookish because I carry a book with me everywhere. I have this terrible habit of reading books in the washroom while on the toilet seat. I have met some writers who do the same. We just love books and we can’t hide our love.
Hibernate in your crib
You love to steal some lone time so you can scribble new stories and write new blog posts. Writing takes time and it usually comes at the price of solitude. Apparently, because you love to spend time with yourself, people tend to decorate you with labels like introverted, shy and reserved. At weekends, when the bulk of your friends choose to attend parties, you already have a plan to catch up on your writing adventures. For the worst part, every time there is a debate about being social, you try so hard to convince people that you are very social but they still don’t get it.
Hating your own work
From close friends to family members, everyone shows appreciation for your work but it could be very difficult to believe that you did a great job. Every time, you cast a glance at your work, you perceive that there is a missing piece and you find every chance to trash the work. This is why you often get utterly amazed when the accolades for your work come in showers as against your expected trickles. You are so hard on yourself and you critique your work meticulously.
You are a deadline ninja
I will assume that you are a saint and you don’t belong to the clan of writers that are often inspired by deadlines. You follow the schedules and you hit the deadlines without breaking a sweat. But for some of us, we have suffered a great deal in the hands of deadlines that look like nightmares. When the deadline is approaching and it’s about two days away, you begin to observe crazy mannerisms — staying indoors for two straight days, surfing the net like a spiderman, reading books like a nerd and eating in bed. It’s a crazy life but it is because we want to pay homage to the golden deadline.
In conclusion, regardless of your interaction with words, I just want you to know that you are awesome. Either you are a professional writer or you love writing as a hobby, thanks for putting your works out there. Our world is beautiful because of your boldness with words.
Out of curiosity, what other crazy things have you done as a writer? Feel free to share in the comments below.