1. You find procrastination has a whole other level that you weren’t even aware existed. Seriously. The things I used to distract myself with when I didn’t want to do homework are a complete joke compared to the lengths I will go to now in order to procrastinate sitting down and finishing the piece I was working on. Especially when I have writer’s block.
2. Speaking of writer’s block; it may be a concept, but if it was a person, it’s name would be Satan.
3. You start getting ads related to babies and being pregnant because you have been on so many baby name websites doing character name research.
4. The characters you are writing about start taking on lives of their own and you have to write in another direction because what you originally intended makes no sense anymore. You can’t do anything about it either. You just sit there, thinking, “That little shit. How dare you?”
5. You start having full conversations (sometimes in your head… sometimes, more embarrassingly, out loud) between characters you are writing about.
6. You travel everywhere with a writing utensil and a pad of paper. This is because sometimes those ideas you get on the metro ride home from work, or those conversations you have with yourself as the fictional characters you are writing about, that make you look crazy at the grocery store, turn into gold. If you don’t have a way to write these things down, you will forget them. Then you will know what loss truly feels like.
7. Everyone in your life who is aware that you are writing a book will ask “Hey what ever happened to that book you are writing?” or “When are you gonna finish that book? You’ve been working on it forever.” or some variation of the two.
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