7 Things All (Real) Writers Love

And if you don’t, are you really a writer?

1. Cleaning

Sweeping, washing dishes, reorganizing the closet for the third time this week — you name it, we love it. We adore cleaning because it takes our minds off things (like deadlines just hours away) and melts away stress (that comes from said deadlines).

We love cleaning so much that we put writing, editing, proofreading, and even publishing on hold. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is.

2. Napping

Right next to cleaning, napping is one of our favorite pastimes. When we’re awake, it’s easy to dislike writing once you’ve been at it for a couple of hours, but once you sleep, you not only get to dream you have your book in your hands, but they’re turning it into a movie!

Napping and dreaming is the only way we get what we want without having to wait for years and years and years and years… and years for it.

3. Reading

We like to say we read to learn, but — and don’t tell anyone this — we actually read to escape writing. That fucker follows us everywhere, and we can never avoid it.

People ask us to write in the waiting room, in the laundry room, even while we’re taking a shit. So, we use the only valid excuse we can and read because writers have to read to learn and get better.

4. Netflix

Netflix is kind of like reading — a legitimate excuse (only less legitimate.) We love watching tv shows because we get to learn a lot about storylines, dialogue, and — holy shit, they’re finally making out.

We watch movies and take notes on the character arcs, subplots — and there is no way he’s the murderer! We learn. We don’t get distracted because we’re professionals.

5. Big words

Big words are so alluring. The truth is we don’t care if we don’t make sense to you because one, you have a phone, so look it up, and two — don’t I sound so smart? I think I’ll win a Pulitzer.

There’s nothing like reading a sentence you don’t understand because you just know the author is a literary genius, and if you can read a literary genius, you are also one by default.

6. Typewriters

We don’t actually own typewriters (hello, editing and rewriting would be a bitch), but they look so lovely in the pictures!

There’s something that screams “Real Writer” about them — especially when you carry it to a coffee shop and sit by the window as the sunlight turns your hair golden — even if you’re a redhead.

7. Fancy pens and journals

It doesn’t matter that we say we’ll use them and never do. It’s the feeling of them that makes us better writers (when we actually write, that is).

There’s something so comforting about spending thirty-bucks on a leather journal that will fit in with the aesthetic of our writing spaces. (The sight of the ten-dollars left in our banks is also magnificent.)

Speaking of writing spaces, we mean our beds. Wait… did you — did you think we could afford desks?

You thought we had our own office?

Not an expert. Not a guru. Just a self-help writer trying to be as honest as possible and hoping to make a few people feel less alone along the way.

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