Sometimes when I’m up late, not feeling creative enough to write and I want to knock myself out so that I can sleep, I site hop around the internet. It seems I always find something worth saving, and last night I came across the following. It started out as a little meme about why you might want to hang out with or date a writer. Then someone else posted it, adding their own two cents why you would not want to do such a thing. I thought it was funny so here it is for you.
WRITERS WILL ROMANCE YOU WITH WORDS.
We probably won’t. We write for ourselves, or for money, and by the time we’re done, we’re sick of it. If we have to write you something, there’s a good chance it’ll take us two days and we’ll be really snippy and grumpy about the process.
WRITERS WILL WRITE ABOUT YOU.
You don’t want this. Trust me.
WRITERS WILL TAKE YOU TO INTERESTING EVENTS.
No. We will not. We are busy writing. Leave us alone about these “interesting events.” I know one person who dates a terrific writer. He goes out alone. She is busy writing.
WRITERS WILL ACKNOWLEDGE YOU AND WILL DEDICATE THINGS TO YOU.
A better way to ensure this would be to become an agent. That way you’d actually make money off of talking people through their neuroses.
WRITERS WILL PRESENT YOU WITH AN INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE OF THINGS.
Yes. Constantly. While you’re trying to watch TV, or take a shower. You will have to listen to observations all day long, in addition to being asked to read the observations we wrote about when you were at work and unavailable for bothering. It will be almost as annoying as dating a stand-up comedian, except if you don’t find these observations scintillating, we will think you’re dumb, instead of uptight.
WRITERS ARE SMART.
The moment you realize this is not true, your relationship with a writer will develop a significant problem.
WRITERS ARE REALLY PASSIONATE.
About writing. Not necessarily about you.
WRITERS CAN THINK THROUGH THEIR FEELINGS.
So don’t start an argument unless you’re ready for a very, very lengthy explication of our position, our feelings about your position, and what scenes from our recent fiction the whole thing is reminding us of.
WRITERS ENJOY THEIR SOLITUDE.
So get lost, will you?
WRITERS WEAR THEIR HEARTS ON THEIR SLEEVES.
Serious advice: if you meet a writer who’s actually demonstrative, be careful.
WRITERS WILL TEACH YOU COOL NEW WORDS.
This is possibly true! We may also expect you to remember them, correct your grammar, and look pained after reading mundane notes you’ve left for us.
WRITERS MAY BE ABLE TO ADJUST THEIR SCHEDULES FOR YOU.
Writers may be able to adjust their schedules for writing. Get in line, then.
WRITERS CAN FIND 1000 WAYS TO SAY WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT YOU.
By the 108th you’ll be pretty sure we’re just making them up for fun.
WRITERS CAN COMMUNICATE IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT WAYS.
But mostly writing. Hope you don’t like talking on the phone—that shit is rough.
WRITERS ARE SURROUNDED BY INTERESTING PEOPLE.
Every last one of whom is imaginary.
WRITERS ARE SEXY.
No argument. Some people think this about heroin addicts, too.