Writers go through a lot on a daily basis, and although people may think our hobbies (and if you’re lucky, career) are easy, there are some bumps we face every day.
If you know a writer, share this; if you are one, take solace that you're not alone on the struggle bus.
Here are nine realities of being a writer that drive all writers nuts:
1. It’s inevitable that you'll write about someone you’ve dated.
Men and women of the world should just embrace this as a universal law: If you date a writer, said writer will write about you. If you are friends with a writer, said writer will probably write about you. If you’re just an interesting subject to a writer, said writer will probably write about you.
Good writers grab inspiration from every area in their lives, and often, relationships are dense sources for material.
2. Bad punctuation legitimately turns you off.
When someone texts you, a non-existent comma or complete lack of punctuation seriously annoys you. You have no shame in admitting if someone has horrible grammar or texts in indistinguishable Ebonics. You will probably never text back egregious offenders of text syntax.
3. You fight a constant inner battle of being too open on the Internet.
Every writer who works for an online publication has had to question him or herself when the letters “TMI” are actually valid. Some of the best writers are open and vulnerable.
But, in a world where your mom can effortlessly see an article you wrote about tantric sex, you have to ask yourself if it's worth the lifetime of embarrassment you'll endure.
4. You type a tweet as if you're typing up an essay.
Having to butcher a tweet to meet the character limit crushes my soul. Should I just substitute "through" for "thru"? Or should I just annihilate this tweet completely? If you find yourself replacing words with numbers, you've gone 2 far.
5. All of your texts are grammatically perfect.
On the rare occasion you misused "their" and "there," you wonder where a portion of your college tuition went because it obviously wasn't for English 101. To a writer, making a grammatical error is equivalent to telling a little boy his dog died.
When we notice we sent a text to Sam saying, “On Wednesdays, we where pink,” we immediately look up the nearest lobotomy clinic.
6. You express yourself better through writing than speaking.
Almost every writer has said at some point in his or her life that his or her wedding vows will be better than anything William Shakespeare could have written. However, when asked to speak of how you feel about your crush, you crumble and fail.
7. When you stop writing, something is probably wrong with you.
If you’re a writer, chances are you spend a good portion of your day writing some type of article or piece. When a year-long writer’s block happens to you, something is probably up.
Whether you’re hitting a creative brick wall or you just don’t feel inspired anymore, writers all know what it means: You’re clearly entering the “Britney Spears 2007” phase of your life.
8. You think that any professor who gave you a bad grade on an essay has a vendetta against you.
Writers can sometimes show hubris about their work and there is no way you could ever tell one that his or her writing sucks.
So, in college, when you get back essays with “C” plastered on the top, you automatically think the professor hates you.
9. You are probably really bad at math.
Okay, this one is pretty personal for me. Writers are creatives. So naturally, using the left side of our brains can be pretty foreign business. Doing simple math successfully, like adding something up at a checkout line or adding gratuity, is like listening to a Drake album without thinking about your ex: It doesn’t happen.
All things considered, writers are the quiet heroes of the world. We are the ones who produce the articles you read on the train to work, so that, at least, numbs our struggles a bit!