When you imagine what it must be like to be a writer, I'm guessing that a very specific image comes to mind. Perhaps you're imagining someone bent over a typewriter, surrounded by cigarette smoke and half-empty bottles of liquor, furiously typing away at what will eventually become the next great written masterpiece.
But in reality, being a writer is pretty much nothing like that. Ask just about any writer. For most of them, doing their job consists of sitting in a room looking at their computer screen for hours and maybe writing a few words at a time, or watching the cursor blink all day on an empty page. The life of a writer is hardly ever as glamorous as most people assume, but that doesn't mean it isn't very rewarding.
After all, writers create things that last forever for millions of people to enjoy. That's pretty darn cool.
If you're a writer, you know how it is.And if you're not, then you're in luck! These tweets will tell you everything you need to know about what it's really like to be a writer.
You always need more pens.
I Can't Write Yet, I Have to Buy 43 More Pens: And Other Procrastination Techniques A book that will never get wr… https://t.co/3qLwThSe8V— Jessi Smith (@Jessi Smith)1539914567.0
Accurate.There are a lot of ups and downs in writing. It's just part of the deal.
Um, excuse me, me from last night, can you explain what these are? #writerproblems #amwriting #writerslife https://t.co/IX05gYrGsW— Kelsey [Festival Trap Remix] (@Kelsey [Festival Trap Remix])1451872513.0
I spend more time on baby name sites than expecting parents... Naming characters is hard #WriterProblems— Giuseppe (@Giuseppe)1451868408.0
When in doubt.I mean, you already bought those pens, so what are you going to write in? A stack of 15-20 notebooks should do it.
"Fix one thing."
Instead of planned activities this morning, I decided to go back and "fix one thing." An hour and a half later, I r… https://t.co/sIH7NEp6F1— Khristina Chess (@Khristina Chess)1540287456.0
Always remember this.If you're feeling stuck, why not consider throwing some shark-related natural disaster into the mix? I don't think anyone's done a shark earthquake yet.
How writers shower:
How #writers shower: - Hello, New Character, let's talk. - Arg, soap in my eyes! - A plot twist? Don't mind if I d… https://t.co/4IEcFM5jTD— Laura Laakso (@Laura Laakso)1539891165.0
No mirror is safe.
This is what happens when you have a room of mirrors and you’re plotting a book. #writerslife #amwriting https://t.co/1fUV6QQ3oT— Kristine Akenson (@Kristine Akenson)1540241218.0
Check your spam folder.
Spam emails: a source for fictional names #creative #writing @NaNoWriMo @WriterlyTweets @cbcreative @agoodconfession https://t.co/kMuSAjy6Ni— Dr. Nathalie van Meurs (@Dr. Nathalie van Meurs)1452711283.0
Netflix is calling.
To write, or to Netflix. That is the question. #writerstruggles #shouldbewriting #amthinkingaboutwriting #notwriting #netflix— Kat Myley (@Kat Myley)1452700237.0
It's on the tip of my tongue.
Being a writer is just constantly googling 'synonyms for ______'— caryn welby-solomon (@caryn welby-solomon)1529047171.0
Let's get started.
She began that writing day as she began all writing days, putting her hair into a bun with office supplies.— Elizabeth Hackett (@Elizabeth Hackett)1509639811.0
It's too real.
live footage of me writing https://t.co/o7ugm95dzN— Hannah Giorgis (@Hannah Giorgis)1522008757.0
One quick thing before I start.
A good way to write a book is to do half a sentence and then get distracted by gifs and dogs and avocado and TV and… https://t.co/mxQrJFmSbT— anna s-r (@anna s-r)1526346713.0
*Shakes fist at artists*Also, you can never see what I've done because I'm never going to show it to anyone. Not even myself.
A literal nightmare.
Officer: "You were speeding. I'm going to have to give you a ticket" Me: "I understand officer" Officer: "I *coul… https://t.co/kwsizmDMEG— Sean R. Frazier, Mage Breaker (@Sean R. Frazier, Mage Breaker)1540235613.0
We spend a lot of time building up our children and reminding them they can accomplish anything when they don’t giv… https://t.co/mv8prSQjSe— Josh Roberts, Author of THE WITCHES OF WILLOW COVE (@Josh Roberts, Author of THE WITCHES OF WILLOW COVE)1539865010.0
There are so many letters.
There are twenty-six letters in the alphabet. Why do I keep picking the same freaking five? I have to keep changing… https://t.co/16eDTWeWZM— DK Marie ♥️ Romance Author 📚 (@DK Marie ♥️ Romance Author 📚)1540233339.0
I'd do the same.
Yes, I just deleted a tweet because I forgot a comma. #writerslife— William F. Aicher ✍️ (@William F. Aicher ✍️)1539895302.0
Whose idea was "fuchsia?"
Fuchsia is one of the stupidest-spelt words in the English language. Why have a c? Get rid of the c & move the s there #writerproblems— Dionne Lister (@Dionne Lister)1452750340.0
Have now looked at the word "raccoon" so many times that I no longer have any idea how to spell it #writerproblems #raccoon #racoon #rackoon— Teri Wilson (@Teri Wilson)1451949317.0
When you find a name that sounds perfect for your character...then realize that you can't use it without feeling we… https://t.co/QORhmPUDHY— Bea Brennan (@Bea Brennan)1540256115.0
Stay away from Twitter.
I will string words together not on Twitter. I will string words together not on Twitter. I will string words toget… https://t.co/XHkMXylZXV— Michelle L. E. Price (@Michelle L. E. Price)1540289272.0
It's like cooking!
Writing is sometimes like cooking a meal. Sometimes, it’s quick and simple. Other times I feel like I’m preparing a… https://t.co/S5PfzG1mKQ— jalessa.bettis (@jalessa.bettis)1540295727.0
A little bit of editing.
Actually worked on some editing last night and trashed the whole beginning of my novel. Oops? 🤷🏻♀️ #amediting #writerproblems— Maggie Dugard (@Maggie Dugard)1540239714.0
That awkward moment when a co-worker asks you what you're writing, when what you're writing is basically porn. #amwriting #writerproblems— Samantha Hale (@Samantha Hale)1451963886.0
"It was for a book!"
The moment you realize your Google search history would be very suspicious if the FBI ever looked at it. #writerproblems #amwriting— Mandy Woodson (@Mandy Woodson)1451953344.0