It was E L Doctorow who said, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” There are days that I wonder about my own sanity and how I get so caught up with writing. Are writers weird? Are we mad?
Are We Mad?
There’s no doubt about the fact that all creative people are prone to depression and mental illnesses. There’s a Swedish study that shows that. I’m not really talking about mental illnesses here, but weird behaviours and thoughts that are associated with writers.
Writers are often out of touch with reality
A writer will be in the middle of a conversation and some thought will take a hold of her and her imagination will carry her away. The people around her will observe a glazed look on her face. She’ll pretend to be involved in the conversation, but not a word you say will register.
Writers carry on vivid conversations in their heads
His remarkable sense of imagination, will have the writer moving his lips and talking to his imaginary characters or being part of a scene that he’s writing about. Even those of us who are not writing fiction, will speak to ourselves, allowing our ideas to flow into sentences.
“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” ~ William Morris
Writers lose track of time and forget their meals
It is said that one of the best ways of losing weight is to focus on writing a book! Writers, totally engrossed in the creative process, often forget to eat and lose track of time.
Writers are obsessive
We can get caught up with anything that gives us the inspiration to write and create. For some of us it might be Nature, for others it might making sure that their pen is filled with a particular shade of ink, for others it might be a particular type of paper.
We are always doubting ourselves
A writer lives with someone in her head – an inner critic. This can be very harmful too, especially when we start to compare ourselves to others and don’t feel good enough about our writing.
As writers it’s important for us to understand the workings of our mind. We need to accept our quirks and take care of ourselves.
Don’t feel the need to explain yourself to others who don’t understand or who question your productivity.
You are a writer. And you have the freedom to be crazy! ♥
#WritingWednesdays is a weekly feature on Write Tribe. We have a prompt and encourage you to respond to it. However, you’re welcome to add your links from your posts through the week.
Today’s prompt: Do your family/friends find you weird? What crazy ‘writerly ‘things do you do to make them feel that way about you?