How to recognize a fiction writer

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Mary K Walters, blogging as the Militant Writer, wrote a tongue-in-cheek article for business managers on how to detect and deal with employees who are writers in their off the clock hours.  Here is her description of a fiction writer:

The Fiction Writer

Writers of fiction who are in the grip of a creative project can seem absent-minded and even at times downright demented. They will come into the office after a weekend of writing or at the end of a creatively productive lunch-hour with no idea of the names of the people with whom they work (nor, indeed, at times, those to whom they are married or have given birth), and also uncertain of the month, the year, and especially the time of day. They may be unclear as to what city they are in, or even which country—and, in the case of speculative-fiction writers, what planet they are on. It is important for their co-workers and managers to realize that this phenomenon results from the fact that the world inside the writer’s head has temporarily become more real to him or her than you are. Please be assured that fiction writers do know the difference between the fictional world and the real one. Given a little nudge or a long, mystified look, they will return in an instant from an icy December day in 18th-century Croatia, take off their several sweaters, and be ready to add their two cents’ worth to the afternoon’s budget meeting.

Also due to the nature of their work, fiction writers tend to suffer from lack of sleep and occasionally come to work with hangovers. The best approach is to forgive them when they arrive in such conditions—the lack of sleep means they are getting some creative writing done, which will help to keep them sane, while the hangovers mean they have been fantasizing about their futures on best-seller lists, which tends to improve their spirits (at least once they recover from the hangovers).


Read the rest of Mary’s fabulously funny and all-too-true blog, or visit her Book Charmer website.



  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Ohhh so true. I can talk myself blue in the face after Chris has been writing…..and nothing absolutely nothing sinks into her brain. 🙂

  2. Too funny. So Chris, did she hit the nail on the head? Margie

  3. Oh, I guess she did. Just saw Cee’s comment!

  4. I’m going to have to send this to my peeps who keep asking if I’m okay every Monday. Great post.

  5. Kemi says:

    This is the kind of symptoms I’m hoping to exhibit as I accelerate my writing ;-). Very funny post indeed. Kx

  6. Louise says:

    Hahahahaaaa – oh poor Cee. 😉

  7. pegbur7 says:

    Sounds about right!

  8. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Brilliant! I love this! So true.

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