Zany, Twisty, Crazy List of Things Writers Obsess Over

I’m feeling listy today. So let me set the scene for you. Earlier I was in my PJs’ lying toward the foot of my bed with my laptop elevated on a makeshift desk listening to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. As the music flowed into me, I came up with the following list. It’s just some things I think writers obsess about.

  • How many words they have in their head

  • If they will ever run out of words

  • Wondering if they can read every book in the world

  • Reading the front and back of the cereal box, milk carton & can of peas

  • Wondering who wrote the text for the front and back of the cereal box, milk carton & can of peas

  • Correcting the social media status’ and posts of their friends & strangers

  • Giving their NBA speech in front of all of their favorite writers

  • Seeing their book on the NYT Bestsellers List

  • Where do all the commas go

  • How the biblical writers survived without laptops and Kindles

  • What will be the last book they will write

  • How many ways can they write the word vagina

  • How many ways can they write the word dick

  • How many ways can they write the word buttocks

  • How many ways can they write the word love

  • How many rappers Shakespeare would have listened to

  • How they got from point A-Z on any given day of the week when their characters were really the one’s in the driver’s seat

  • When to stop writing after the period

  • How to fill the page

  • When to buy that cabin in the woods

  • Coming up with the funds to live while writing

  • Figuring out how to explain what you do to non-writers

  • Breathing evenly and deeply as to not go off on someone who doesn’t believe in you

  • Visualizing yourself cursing out every friend who never asks about your WIP – In slow motion so they can feel your pain

  • If words are so powerful why can’t they bring back our dead

  • If words are so powerful why can’t they banish bias

  • If words are so powerful why can’t they cure diseases

  • Why words are so powerful 

Did I leave anything out? No worries. There will be a part 2 coming up soon.

Now, it’s your turn to share your writer obsessions. Tell me something good. I need it.

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Comments (2 Responses)

  1. Rose Red says:

    “Breathing evenly and deeply as to not go off on someone who doesn’t believe in you”
    Haha I get this one for sure

    The one about cursing silently those that don’t ask about your WIP, with me it is the opposite, garnering interest and then they ask and I don’t have anything to tell them because I’m stuck, or distracted, or writing poems instead ~

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I think it’s a blessing for you that they ask because it shows they care and believe in you. Also, it will keep you on your toes! Good stuff!

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