Writing breeds loneliness

Being a writer you are almost always alone at work. It’s you and the keyboard. You and the page. It’s hard being alone all the time.  Yet another reason being a writer is so unglamorous.

Most people go to work and have co-workers to socialize with, customers/clients to interact with, human beings to speak to. As a writer you are confined to your office or workspace and sit in front of a computer screen or write in a notebook. It can be very lonely.

I find inspiration in going out and living life – that is my “research time.” However when it comes down to actual writing it’s easy to be distracted and stray off on internet searches, do household chores and other things to pass the time and fill in the void of human contact.

So I’ve found it sort of fun to make friends with my characters. I try to develop relationships with each character to strengthen my understanding of them and bring more life to each person. It’s embarrassing to say, but I pretend to have conversations with them aloud as I write dialogue. I love hearing the words to see if they fit. I talk to myself. Does anyone else do this?

How do you feel about the loneliness of being a writer? Any cures for writers’ isolation?

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Comments

  1. I totally relate to this. As a writer with a literary blog, I find myself feeling lonesome quite often, but it really is important if you want to write well. Inspiration, as you said, comes from living life, and when you think about all the people you inspire with your writing, you really are building your own community. Great post!

    • Thanks for reading! As writers I think it’s at least comforting to know we’re not alone in feeling this way and that if we want to reconnect to the world all we have to do is walk outside. Have a great weekend!

  2. It takes a certain personality to work alone. I’m definitely that personality. I’m very happy being alone with my thoughts and just writing. Try joining or forming a writing group. That way you’ll always have people to connect with.

  3. Gede Prama says:

    Well written. May peace be with you 🙂

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