Identity, Humor, Life

21 untold truths that every writer definitely knows too well

Everything's gonna be all write.

1. You are so antisocial?

A white man dressed formally saying
A white man dressed formally saying “Give me one moment please” / Giphy.com

Your family wants you to participate in pointless banter but you just have to jot down those points that popped up in your mind urgently.

2. The need to carry a notebook and pen everywhere

A cartoon depicting a hand moving a pen around over an open book that is blank / Giphy.com
A cartoon depicting a hand moving a pen around over an open book that is blank / Giphy.com

You feel naked and vulnerable when you’re without a pen and a notebook. I mean, what if an amazing new poem chooses to reveal itself to you while shopping? Or jogging? Or making dinner?

3. People getting mad ‘coz they think you wrote about them

A cartoon horse rolling its eyes and putting a hoof over its face indicating sarcasm and exasperation / Giphy.com
A cartoon horse rolling its eyes and putting a hoof over its face indicating sarcasm and exasperation / Giphy.com

Because obviously, they are the most interesting and dramatic person you know.

4. It’s not about me either

A woman in black rolls her eyes and droops her head in exasperation / Giphy.com
A woman in black rolls her eyes and drops her head in exasperation / Giphy.com

People also often assume that your writings are just an extension of your personal diary.

5. When you are reading your work out loud but your family thinks you finally lost your mind

A white man saying
A white man saying “I’m not crazy” / Giphy.com

And there is just no convincing them otherwise.

6. Low-key wondering who on earth bothers to read your work

A woman saying
A woman saying “I mean… I doubt it” / Giphy.com

The impostor syndrome is real.

7. Feeling terrified at the idea of being published

A cartoon character panicking and saying
A cartoon character panicking and saying “Oh God!” / Giphy.com

Terrified and super excited all at the same time.

8. When your favorite publication has their submissions window open

A woman excitedly shaking her head in a vigorous manner saying
A woman excitedly shaking her head in a vigorous manner saying “So freaking effing excited!” / Giphy.com

The pure exhilaration of it all!

9. When writer’s block is too real

A man at his laptop gesticulating with his hands to indicate an attempt at trying to come up with something to type. / Giphy.com
A man at his laptop gesticulating with his hands to indicate an attempt at trying to come up with something to type. / Giphy.com

Blank pages, anyone?

10. That wave of inspiration after a prolonged writer’s block

A cartoon depicting a man suddenly getting an inspiration and writing a book then putting up for sale in a digital form /Giphy.com
A cartoon depicting a man suddenly getting an inspiration and writing a book then putting up for sale in a digital form /Giphy.com

Give me a paper and pen NOW!!!

11. When you’re finally in the groove of it but your phone rings

Cristiano Ronaldo raising his hands in frustration / Giphy.com
Cristiano Ronaldo raising his hands in frustration / Giphy.com

How could you forget to put the damn thing on silent??

12. Obsessing over your work

Spongebob wearing spectacles and flipping pages of a book / Giphy.com
Spongebob wearing spectacles and flipping pages of a book / Giphy.com

Editors are expensive.

13. When you forget to save

A lady in black waving her hands and saying
A lady in black waving her hands and saying “I need a moment” / Giphy.com

Or accidentally delete your work!

14. When you are trying to come up with unique metaphors

A cartoon wearing a hat with a robot arm scratching his chin indicating deep thought / Giphy.com
A cartoon wearing a hat with a robot arm scratching his chin indicating deep thought / Giphy.com

Because we all know that those things can make or break your work.

15. To rhyme or not to rhyme?

A man in yellow shouting
A man in yellow shouting “make up your God damn mind!” at a man in red / Giphy.com

That is the question.

16. When you just hate your old pieces

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A woman covering her face with her hands saying “I can’t look” / Giphy.com

They’re full of novice mistakes and annoying clichés.

17. Falling in love with your final draft

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A woman emotionally crying while saying “It’s so beautiful” / Giphy.com

When all the edits earn their place.

18. When you are working on your craft

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A man looking at an open book asking “Does anybody know how to study”? (Giphy.com)

Because there is always room for improvement.

19. When someone wants a sneak peek, but you are still on draft one

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A woman in black watching a woman in a white t-shirt slide her arm down a table while saying “I’m not panicking” /Giphy.com

The internal epic panic attack you have is worth writing home about.

20. When you have to beat a deadline

An animated character frantically types / Giphy.com
An animated character frantically types / Giphy.com

Deadlines, aren’t they just adorable?

21. And when it is finally complete

Spongebob dusting off his hands indicating the completion of work / Giphy.com
Spongebob dusting off his hands indicating the completion of work / Giphy.com

Ahh, guess who gets to curl up with some nice hot tea and a good book?