7 Reasons Why Living With A Writer May Be Challenging

7 Reasons Why Living With A Writer May Be Challenging


Writers Write is a writing resource. In this post, we discuss seven reasons why living with a writer may be challenging.

My husband types loudly. He attacks the keyboard. The clacking keys bounce as he punches them down and then thwack – he hits the space bar.  We are sharing an office for the first time and this small irritation got me thinking about what I do that irritates him. I know, right? Me? Irritating? Never.

You see, my husband never intended to marry a writer. He married a sane woman, with a stable monthly income, who liked to read and write a bit now and then. Surprise.

7 Reasons Why Living With A Writer May Be Challenging

But life with a writer is not without its challenges and, after hours of wracking my brain, these are points of possible irritation I came up with.

7 Reasons Why Living With A Writer May Be Challenging

  1. Books. Everywhere. No, I do not think we are not running out of space.
  2. Literary names. Children and/or pets that are named after literary characters. Hey, I liked the name anyway.
  3. The bedside light. No, I will not use a headlight. Yes, I can use my kindle, but if the book is a hard copy the light is on. Just go to sleep already.
  4. Fictional trauma. You thought PMS was the only thing you had to worry about. Try emotional stability based on the emotional trauma of a fictional character. They are real people – to me.
  5. The spy who loves you. Any action or part of your life can be used as a blog post or inspiration for a novel. It’s kind of like Big
    Brother, but you don’t know when the camera is on.
  6. Stuff I do. The term research covers pretty much everything I do in a day.
  7. Literary-themed accounts. A credit card statement that only lists bookstores.

Okay, so he types loudly. My list is longer, but life with a writer is so much more fun. What do other writers do to irritate their partners?

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  1. James Randal Matheny

    My wife probably has quite a list as well!

  2. Susan

    i live alone but so many of those comments are so true. It’s wonderful to be a writer

  3. Stacy Mantle

    Lol! Excellent and so true!
    Don’t forget:
    1. Stopping a conversation in the middle and saying, “Give me ten minutes, I just had an idea! ”
    2. Bad lip reading: making up imaginary conversations between strangers in restaurants.
    3. Watching the news and saying, “that would make a great plot line” every five minutes.

  4. Peggy Nicholls

    I loved this post! I’m sure my daughter never imagined what life with a writer would be like when she asked me to move in with her. Poor thing. She’s tolerant.

    I especially related to the comment about naming the pets and children after fictional people. My children were already named, and there are no pets.

    But then I started working for an airline. In learning to book flights, we had to make up bookings, and most of my classmates used their own name, or their favourite celebrity (aka ‘my boyfriend who doesn’t know he’s my boyfriend.’)

    Then they’d ask me who is Caleb Stone? Who is Ana or Oriana? Who is Ben or Kamahl? Then I got to talk about all my imaginary friends and their background to a whole bunch of new ears!! So much fun!

    Plus, I learned a lot more about my characters because I had to come up with pets I didn’t know they had, or reasons they had to cancel their flights, or change them, whether due to work changing dates to family emergencies to the death of a loved one, as these were the things I was learning to deal with in preparation for those real life bookings!

    Thanks for the list! I’m showing this to my daughter!

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