You all know Buzzfeed, right? Their funny little lists with gif reactions that are supposed to be all relatable? Well, I just stole their idea. Kind of. Lately I've been in a huge writing rut and blaming everything except myself for it, one example being the act of writing itself.
I kept thinking of why I can so ferociously hate something I love so much.
Then I figured I'd write it down. Then I thought that other writers may relate to these reasons as well. Then I had far too much fun searching the web for funny gif reactions.
And it all led up to this one little post.
So I hope you enjoy!
1. Explaining your hobby to people always renders you an awkward mess. Why? Because you think they're judging you, most likely.
2. You either have all the ideas in the world or none whatsoever. There's no in between. And it's so frustrating.
3. Finding a character name that doesn't match someone you know in real life.
4. You either have no time to write or so much that you end up overwhelmed and want to procrastinate.
5. Any time you're doing anything fun not involving writing, you're berating yourself for not writing.
6. You usually get your best ideas when you should be doing something else, like sleeping.
7. When you're SO CLOSE to finishing a story but then a random idea strikes you that's SO GOOD you have to include it. Which means more revisions, starting over, or deleting scenes you previously worked hours on.
8. The fact that your writing skills never seem to apply to your speaking skills (hello, fellow awkward stammerers).
9. Knowing you'll never be able to write something quite as fabulous as your favorite book.
10. Losing your favorite pen. Or notebook.
11. Spending months of your life on something that'll make, if anything, a minuscule profit. And loving it anyway.
12. When that one scene takes you longer to write than all the others combined.
13. Knowing your characters will never exist in real life.
14. The constant fear that someone will find your story's notes or computer documents.
15. When your readers don't leave reviews because they don't know how UTTERLY important they are for the book's success.
16. Speaking your written dialogue out loud and being terrified someone will hear you.
17. BLURBS. And anything else that makes you summarize your book in a few sentences.
18. People asking, "So how's your next book coming along?"
19. When you feel like everything you're writing is garbage but you know you have to get it out anyway.
20. Hating every single thing about writing but putting yourself through the torture to achieve that blissful high that only comes from finishing your story. Then starting the cycle all over again because you'll go crazy if you don't.
And that's that! Hopefully you all found some solace in knowing you're not alone in some of your frustrations. If not, I hope you at least found it entertaining. The line between love and hate for writing is impeccably thin, and sometime's it's healthy to indulge in the hate a little bit.
Let me know in the comments some things you find frustrating about writing! I know for a fact someone else has felt that way as well.