Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Hazards Of Writing Are A Pain In The Butt

Cassie over at the review blog Shadow Kisses came up with a great idea: The occupational hazards of being a writer. The Dirty Truth: A Meme for Authors

It's not all sparkles, chocolate, and rainbows, people! It can be downright dangerous! A few hazards I can think of (I may or may not have experienced these things) are:

Short attention spans with loved-ones
Long attention spans with characters
Sciatica from keeping the butt in the chair
Carpel tunnel syndrome from typing at the desk
Fast food when you'd rather write than cook
A messy house when you'd rather write than clean
Characters who won't behave
Middles that sag (in the book!)
Middles that sag (not in the book!)
Plot holes
Editing that never ends
Reflexively checking email/Twitter/Facebook/Triberr/blogs/book rankings/book sales/sales at Pottery Barn...

You get the idea.  Maybe the question is--what isn't an occupational hazard?

So before you assume all writers wallow in a featherbed of comfort, remember, writing is not for the faint of heart! You may just spend all your earnings on Extra-Strength Tylenol, Ginkgo supplements, Spanx, writers conferences, and a fainting couch from Pottery Barn.


  1. I think editing that never ends would be the death of me! This is a good list that I'm sure all authors come in counter with at one point or another....sadly. Thank you for joining in my meme :D