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12 reasons why you really shouldn’t date a writer

Writers: They’re glamorous, mysterious, creative, passionate, fearless word warriors whose pens are mightier than any sword.

And sometimes that’s true.

More often, though, they’re more like angry tramps who live in bins.

Like any supposedly glamorous industry, writing is a lot less fancy than you might imagine – and writers are a lot less exciting in real life too.

Here are a dozen reasons not to look for love in a library, or for the man or woman behind the words.

1. They’re always broke

For every JK Rowling there are thousands of writers hammering away on computer keyboards and bringing in no money whatsoever.

A young man with no money in his pockets.

2. They work weird hours

Good writing doesn’t follow a timetable, and inspiration often strikes at unsociable times.

3. They procrastinate

Another reason for weird hours: we put everything off to the last-minute.

‘I love deadlines,’ the late, great Douglas Adams wrote. ‘I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.’

Give us a month to do a job and we’ll start it the night before deadline.

4. They’re often working two jobs

The same EU report that found writers were skint also found that only half of authors said that writing was their main source of income.

The other half fitted writing around the day or night job.

Tired young woman with messy hair sleeping on folders with documents and a copy machine, in the office. As background are tall windows, shelves with folders and boxes, and desk with computer and office chiars.

 

5. They are emotional rollercoasters

Few people oscillate as dramatically between euphoria and despair as writers.

We’re either worrying about being too busy or not busy enough, feeling mighty or mediocre, praising our rivals or sticking pins in voodoo dolls of them.

6. They’re a pain in the arse

Not all writers, no. But some writers take themselves, their art or their suffering a little bit too seriously, and that can make them crashing bores to be around.

7. They’re always in the kitchen at parties

Many writers are like vampires, spending their time locked away from people and sunlight – and like vampires, when they do go out, things often get messy.

Neck biting is thankfully rare, but many writers are very shy. Some of us overcompensate by going a bit manic when given the chance to talk about a pet subject.

Laughing man dancing in nightclub

8. They won’t let you read their stuff and then they force you to

Writers are very precious about their works in progress, and hell mend anyone who sneaks a peak before they’re ready.

But when they are ready, they’ll chase you around the flat, demanding you read their masterpiece right now.

9. They don’t like criticism

‘Tell me what you think!’ doesn’t mean tell them what you think. It means tell them what they want to hear.

Otherwise, prepare for the mother of all sulks.

10. They drink paint

Oh, they might be a craft beer-sipping hipster today. Give them a few years of constant rejection and self-doubt and they’ll be necking entire bottles of Jack before breakfast.

11. They might write about you

Writers are often advised to write about what they know, and that might be you.

Not everybody wants to see themselves in print, no matter how flattering.

Closeup semi profile of a mid 20's woman sitting by a living room window, having a coffee and reading a newspapers. She has long brown hair and wearing a white shirt.

12. They might not write about you

What’s worse than seeing yourself in print? Seeing someone else you think you know praised in print.

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By: Gary Marshall for Metro UK

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