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Writers Are Weird and That's Ok

Lately it has come to my attention that I, as a writer, am weird. We're a special kind of breed of crazy. Not many other creative or people can understand us. We talk to and for our characters as if they're real people (because uh, duh they are). We drink too much caffeine whether it be through coffee, Mountain Dew, Coke or tea. We sit in chairs in front of a computer for hours at a time, sometimes spending our whole day locked in our room (maybe that's why I relate to vampires so much, because they don't leave the house ever either...). Often times we'd rather sit and talk about character arcs, antiheroes, our latest binge-worthy TV show or book series addiction than about the latest gossip or politics. So yeah... we are a little crazy and I think that's ok. I wanted to make a list of some of the things us writers do that other people find weird (or at least that I, as a writer do that other people and myself included, find weird). That's what is so awesome about us writers. Not one of us are the same. We each have our own weird writerly habits and they are all super hilarious and awesome. So here you go. This is me in a nutshell:

  • I've come to love all forms of caffeine. Coke, Starbucks' zebra mocha, black tea. Anything that can give me a major energy boost and make me a little jittery is the best!
Said no writer ever.

  • This is on the list not because it's weird but because I feel like it's weird for me as a writer to be do this. But I always make time to eat lunch. Even when I have pry my hands from the keyboard in the best scene ever. If I don't eat a solid lunch I get yucky and there goes my writing for the day. Food and writing are equal in my book.

  • Anyone who knows me well knows that I think very highly of my writer self. Depression slumps aside I think I am pretty much a genius. I'm brilliant and a master story-teller. I mean seriously I am pretty awesome and I make sure I know it. In a room alone I'll come up with an idea and out loud, alone, in my room, will be say oh my gosh... I am a genius! What the heck... how do I even come up with this stuff? I am brilliant! Or when I come up with an idea while talking to someone or come up with the best sequel or ending to a movie or show I just watched I will be like oh my gosh... I am a genius! I am so good! Proof: Yesterday after seeing the Despicable Me 3 trailer I told mom they should make one where the girls are ten years older and like have become spies or evil geniuses and I was like wow I am really good. I could make that company billions of dollars.
I know

  • I get way too into TV shows. TV shows are primarily what I talk about. I can and have sat and talked people's ears off about character arcs and what I would have done differently and the pure genius of a show or certain scene or episode or line of dialogue. And if it's not a show it's a book where I will tell you every detail of the plot gush about the characters. What do normal people even talk about with each other? I mean how boring would life be if you didn't have shows and books to fill your conversations with. I swear about 90% percent of my conversation with people about shows, movies, books and characters and that other 10% is "normal" stuff.

Andrew and all of his fanboy comments and moment are pretty much me...

  • I relate characters to aspects of my life, to other people's lives and sadly, even the Bible. Yeah... the other day in Bible study class I read a certain verse and the first person who came to mind for that verse was Andrew from Buffy the Vampire Slayer... Is that bad? I'm not sure...

  • When listening to songs I zone out and imagine certain scenes and characters and just day dream. I know of at least one other writer who does this. I am not alone!!
Alice seemed like an appropriate gif for this one...

  • I often talk as if my characters are the ones controlling the and I'm just doing as I'm told. Is that weird?? Maybe...
Yeah I couldn't find a good gif for this one. Good rule: If in doubt always go with a psych gif.

Honestly, I know there's more writerly weird things I do but I can't come up with any right now sooo these are the main ones I've observed about myself. For all you other writers just know you aren't alone if you do any of these things!

Have a great day everyone!


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