An Inside Look At What Writers Go Through

Hello, readers!

When I wasn’t a writer, I know I always thought of writers as very inspiring people who were super wise, never had a problem thinking of stories, and thoroughly enjoyed the writing process.

But as I slowly became a writer myself, I soon realized that all of those ideas were so far from the truth

You may think we have it all together, but really…. we’re lost.

You can often find me lying around the house moaning and groaning because things in my story aren’t making sense, laughing like a maniac because my characters aren’t obeying my outline (therefore not heeding my commands), and maybe crying because the story feels like such a mess and I don’t know how to fix it.

We’re writers, right? Don’t we always want to write? Isn’t that all writers do, anyway?

How I wish it were so! 

There are more days than I’d care to count when I simply do. not. want. to. write. It’s like pulling teeth just to get me sitting at my desk, my laptop turned on, and my document opened. Can’t I just go watch my favorite show? Please? 

It’s not that I hate writing – I love it! But there are days when it’d be easier to get me to wash the car than to sit down and write. And that’s all because writing is hard. 

*screams* 

That’s me going through writer’s block. 

Whenever going through writer’s block you will find me a very different person. I quite literally go insane, become slightly depressed, and honestly have no idea what to do with myself. I feel so lost and like I have no brain. Writers block attacks me often and it is most certainly a form of torture, but as long as no one has any powers to possess poor, unsuspecting writers with writers block, we should be okay…..I think. O_O

It’s crazy just how true this, but I mean – when we’re writing we are becoming our characters. They really are a part of who we are.

If I write a character’s death I can become very depressed and my heart will ache for the rest of the night.

If I’ve been writing a lot of fight scenes, you’ll find me more serious and grumpy afterward.

If I wrote something super awesome and powerful, I will be completely giddy and hyper. You’ll think I just had way too much sugar than should ever be consumed in one sitting.

So the truth is – we writers don’t have it all together. We’re not all-wise and constantly full of inspiration. We often shout and scream and wail and cry, but in the end – wait why am I quoting Downton Abbey?

We also don’t always know what to say and have to use dictionaries, thesauruses, and the like to help us mold our sentences to the best that they can be.

Writing isn’t easy. It takes discipline, patience, and a lot of emotional energy out of you. But even with all the pain and tears of writing it is a beautiful thing that brings a smile to my face and makes my heart soar.
It’s something I love doing and something I will never let go of. <3 

Talk to me!

Were any of these facts new to you? What has been your perception of writers? And if you’re a writer, how do you relate to these facts? Do you have any more to add?

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  1. doodlepaw

    This is so true! I go through all those emotions and more. I definitely get all giddy when something awesome happens, or get all depressed when my story isn’t working out. (I totally just mega-fangirled over my first actual fight scene that I wrote a few weeks ago, and my whole family thought I was crazy! ;P ) Or I want my characters to be a certain way or do certain things, and they become their own person. I’ll go around the house, mumbling and complaining loudly about it, and my family will try to give me all these tips and suggestions as to what I should do, none of which would work, since they don’t know about what the writer’s life looks like. I also work on multiple stories at once, though everyone else says I should stick to one book and finish it. But that’s not possible, either, because I add an writer can’t focus on one book when I have no outstrip inspiration for it.

    Anyways, long story short, thank you for posting this! It’s nice to sympathize with author with the joys and struggles of the writing life. 😉

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      JaclynnMarie

      I pretty much can relate to every word you just said! XD I also work on several stories at once – it’s super fun and refreshing when you need a break from your major project! 🙂
      Awe, you’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I completely agree with you 🙂
      ~Jaclynn~

  2. Olive

    ah, so true, so true. i’m always asking my younger sister about what does she think of this, what does she think of that, should this happen or that happen? but she either gives advice like “throw them off a cliff and end the book” or just criticizes my characters decisions. XD ‘they have to make SOME bad decisions!” “why?” “because theres no conflict without it, thats why!”
    I don’t even know why i ask her any more. XD
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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  3. Samuel

    I think I do identify. I do admire how you get into your characters that well. Something I still struggle with. A really good post, Jac. Keep it up! XD
    – your lil bro

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  4. Sarah Keatts

    So true! I absolutely love to write… but at times I have to force myself to sit down and actually write. I’m a master at procrastination so I have to make sure I don’t delay too much.
    Great post 🙂

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      JaclynnMarie

      I’m a huge procrastinator, too, Sarah, so I definitely understand where you’re coming from! 😉
      Thank you! 😀
      ~Jaclynn~

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  6. Zella T

    Me in writer’s block is like me having been robbed of all purpose. *wails* 😭 I’ve gone through sooo many plot bunnies and not one of them are real books 😭

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