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Writers – to date or not to date?

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Wordy but worth a read and pondering over.

20 reasons to date a writer:

  • Writers will romance you with words.
    Dating a writer means that you will receive love letters. Quirky notes will turn up in your pockets. Flowery descriptions of everything great about you will be shared on special occasions.

  • Writers will write about you.
    Date a blog writer and you’ll find yourself bookmarking that blog to see if there are references to you in it. Date a poet and you will see yourself reflected back in some of the lines of poetry that the person recites at open mic nights. Your narcissistic tendencies will be happily fed when you date a writer.

  • Writers will take you to interesting events.
    Writers are curious people. We like to go to lots of different types of things so that we can widen the boundaries of our life experience and therefore broaden our writing. When you date a writer, you can expect to be invited to everything from burlesque shows to roller derby races to foreign countries.

  • Writers will remind you that money doesn’t matter so much.
    People who write for a living don’t do it to get rich. They know that money may matter but it’s not the most important thing in life. Dating a writer will help to remind you that it’s important to pursue your passions.

  • Writers will acknowledge you and dedicate things to you.
    Writers are big on acknowledging those who have helped them. Almost every book at the bookstore has a page for dedications and / or acknowledgments. Song writers and poets frequently include a dedication on their work. Date a writer and the world will know that you’ve supported someone in the arts.

  • Writers will offer you an interesting perspective on things.
    Writers taste life twice – once in the living and once in the re-telling on the page. They pay attention to interesting details in life so that they can recapture the world in their writing. When you date a writer, you will be privy to all of their insights about life’s events and experiences – and you may find that you get to see things in a whole new light.

  • Writers are smart.
    The majority of writers are intelligent people. They are usually well-read and well-educated which means they can hold their own in many types of conversations. Dating someone dumb just isn’t fun for long; dating someone smart is always an interesting challenge.

  • Writers are really passionate.
    Writers use all of their senses. They are passionate about their work and passionate about their lives. Your life will be enhanced by this passion for things when you date a writer.

  • Writers can think through their feelings.
    Writers may be really passionate but most of them don’t fly off-the-handle with emotion. They like to take time to process things. This ability is a true asset in a long-term relationship.

  • Writers enjoy their solitude.
    Unless you’re in the honeymoon phase of your relationship, you probably want at least some time to yourself and time to spend with your friends and family. Writers want time to be alone to write and think which means that you’ll get your own much-needed space as well.

  • Writers are creative.
    This sounds obvious but it has a deeper truth to it. Creative people are more capable of coming up with solutions to problems in life. Dating a writer means a chance to come up with creative solutions to life’s problems.

  • Writers wear their hearts on their sleeves.
    Sure this depends on the writer but most writers are pretty good at articulating what is going on with them. If they adore you, you’ll know it. If they’re mad at you, you probably won’t have to guess at why.

  • Writers will teach you cool new words.
    Writers love words. It can be irritating when they use ten dollar words in normal conversations but it can also be kind of fun to stretch your mind and build your vocabulary. Expect to play lots of Scrabble when dating a writer.

  • Writers may be able to adjust their schedules for you.
    Writers who can set their own schedules might be willing to rearrange things to spend time with you. They might be happy to meet you for a long lunch or to spend a luxurious morning in bed with you.

  • Writers can find 1000 ways to tell you why they like you.
    Writers are wordy and they like to express themselves. You can bask in the glow of hearing good things about yourself in ways that you’ve never heard them before.

  • Writers communicate in a bunch of different ways.
    Most writers are pretty flexible in how they communicate. They’ll be just as content to get an email from you or to chat on IM with you as they are to talk on the phone (maybe even more so). This means that however you communicate regularly is probably fine for the writer you’re dating.

  • Writers can work from anywhere.
    This is nice because it means that writers can happily travel with you. They may have to take a laptop and spend some time at the hotel when you go to the beach but you can enjoy much easier vacation planning with a writer than with someone who works a 9-5 job.

  • Writers are surrounded by interesting people.
    Writers have a lot of characters in their lives. If you like meeting interesting people, just plan on being the date that goes along to parties and other gatherings with a writer.

  • Writers are easy to buy gifts for.
    Writers are happy with little things. Most writers like getting books as gifts. Since they aren’t really into the pursuit of money, they aren’t going to be chasing you for the big bucks you spend on them. They value thoughtfulness way more than most material things.

  • Writers are sexy.
    There is a reason that people have fantasies about the school librarian. Male or female, those bookish types are hot hot hot.

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The Rebuttal

Offended by rank OBJECTIFICATION of writers

The items in bold are the alleged reasons to date a writer. I have replaced the original commentary with my bleak corrective.

  • 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 remind you that money doesn’t matter so much.
    Yes. We will do this by borrowing money from you. Constantly.

  • Writers will acknowledge you and 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 offer you an interesting perspective on 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. Are you writing?

  • 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 are creative.
    This is why we have such good reasons why you should lend us $300 and/or leave us alone, we’re writing.

  • 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. Are you writing? Get in line, then.

  • Writers can find 1000 ways to tell you why they like you.
    By the 108th you’ll be pretty sure we’re just making them up for fun.

  • Writers communicate in a bunch of different ways.
    But mostly writing. Hope you don’t like talking on the phone — that shit is rough.

  • Writers can work from anywhere.
    So you might want to pass on that tandem bike rental when you’re on vacation.

  • Writers are surrounded by interesting people
    Every last one of whom is imaginary.

  • Writers are easy to buy gifts for.
    This is true. Keep it in mind when your birthday rolls around, okay?

  • Writers are sexy.
    No argument. Some people think this about heroin addicts, too.

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Lastly, the following is more like a short story but since we are on the topic, why not? I thought it was really well-written and I should share it here.

“Never Date A Writer”

Never date a writer because she’ll fictionalize everything. She’ll write about things you have done to her, or things you never did for her. She’ll write about how you never bought her flowers. Not once. She’ll say in well-constructed prose how the whole time you were together, she never came home from a long week to see a vase full of roses, or daises, or anything.

She’ll describe times you embarrassed her, like at a party. It was her party because she was leaving for three months, and all her friends were there to see her off. People bought her champagne, which was never chilled, but you drank it anyway and that was after you had had whiskey. She’ll talk about how you played strip poker with others. And she walked in to see your clothes bunched up on the floor, next to smashed cigarette butts. She’ll say how she had to cover you with a coat because all her friends laughed about it, and so did you. Then she’ll describe how later, when she didn’t want to leave you and she wanted to be held, she heard you vomit in the bathroom. She’ll say how she had to make sure you were still alive and how she saw your face pressed against the toilet and how your legs shook on the tile. And she said your name and asked if you were okay and you just stared at her through half opened eyelids and looked away. She’ll say she couldn’t make love to you and she had to stay up and make coffee, before you took her to the airport.

She’ll continue this emphasis on what you had done to her, by describing things she had found, but said nothing about. Like when she opened your wallet to slide twenty dollars inside, because you had bought her dinner. She’ll say how she sat on the hardwood floor where the heat couldn’t reach and she shivered. She’ll explain the condom she found, and how it was lubricated and had small writing on the package she couldn’t see because her eyes watered. She’ll talk about the note she found from a girl she didn’t know but you did because in the scribbled handwriting she could make out your name. You were asleep on the bed and she was on the floor. She’ll tell the reader how she held her legs and tapped her chin against her knee. And she decided that it’s not wrong for men to have friends, because all men have friends, so she closed the wallet and slept without a blanket on the floor.

She’ll later describe the moment in the bedroom when she sat at the foot of the bed and you kneeled in front of her. She’ll give you short choppy dialogue, so that you sound distant. She’ll tell the reader how you said it’s not that you didn’t love her but you couldn’t be with her and that it’s more your fault than hers, except she’ll tell it much more compellingly. She’ll describe how she choked on her tears and tried not to vomit right in front of you. And how she looked at the poster on the wall, the one she bought for you and how the different colors turned together when you spoke. She’ll say how the bed you had brought from your place felt like steel and she couldn’t move because her legs were welded there and she could only listen to you and watch the colors of the room turn gray.

And she’ll send you a manuscript and you’ll be on the couch where you both had sat and you’ll read every word. You’ll notice she didn’t tell things, like the time you had to see her because she had been sick with the flu and unable to get out of bed. And you ran from the campus to her apartment to make sure she was okay. You ran in the dark and there was so much snow that your legs began to freeze. And she won’t tell the reader how you didn’t have gloves or good shoes and you couldn’t see the patch of ice and you slipped. She won’t tell them you slipped. You twisted your ankle and your face landed in a snow bank. She won’t describe the taste in your mouth, how you pulled yourself up and limped up to her apartment. You used the key she’d just given you and she won’t say how nice it was being able to enter unannounced. And she won’t say how good it was to see her asleep and that you kissed her on the top of her head and then staggered home. She won’t move into your head and explain how much you really loved her. How you almost started to cry when you walked. You shook from the wind but felt safe because she was.

You’ll sit alone on that couch where you made love to her and you won’t move and the glass of whiskey on the table will not be touched. You won’t get up to turn up the lights and you won’t get up to use the restroom even though you have to. You’ll sit in the dim of your living room. And you will read.


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So what do you think? Would you date a writer?
This article
tells why writers shouldn’t date writers.
It makes sense but I don’t know…

No prizes for guessing whether I would date a writer.

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One Response to “Writers – to date or not to date?”

  1. Charnchai lersbantornkul
    11:52 pm on October 1st, 2010

    Wow I agree with most of reasons here. Love them. Thanks for sharing.

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