Nathan Bransford, Author


Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to Know You're a Writer (In GIF Form)

Any time you're not writing your novel you're still thinking about your novel:


When people ask you for your thoughts on their writing you give them wayyyyyyyyy too much honest feedback:


Seeing typos make you crazy:


You have so many ideas for novels you don't know where to put them all:


While your friends are out doing this:


And this:


And this:


Instead you're inside doing this:


You wake up in the middle of the night with incredible ideas...


But then you can never remember them in the morning.


When you tell people you're a writer they do this:


And then when they ask about what you write, first you do this:


But then when they get you talking about it you're like this:


When you have writer's block you want to do this:


But instead you do this:


When you get a rejection letter from an agent you do this:


But when you get a partial request you do this:


When you see a book you didn't like on the bestseller list you go:


And when you see a book you hated on the bestseller list you go:


But when something good happens for a writer you love you go:


When someone doubts whether you're going to be a successful writer you go:


But on the inside you're kind of like:


When you meet a fellow writer you're like:


And when you meet a famous writer you're like:


You get distracted during important conversations because you want to steal something someone said for your novel:


You have strong opinions about Twilight... one way or the other:



And the only thing you love as much as writing is reading.


You know this site...



And this one...


And this one...


And this one...


And someday you'll see your name on this one.


You know that writing is hard...


And it's frustrating sometimes...


Did we mention it's hard?


But you do it because it's the best.


And sure, maybe we're all a little crazy...


But let's face it. Writers are awesome.


See also: The Publishing Process in GIF Form






64 comments:

Rebekka. said...
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Rebekka. said...

Yes, yes, yes, and yes!
And yes, we are awesome.

Laurie J. Edwards said...
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Laurie J. Edwards said...

Love it!

Christine Monson said...

OMG! This is SO funny and TOO true! Thank you. I haven't laugh, cried this much in a long time.

Vicki Orians said...

lol I love this post! So very true. :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Is this new or is there a glitch in the matrix?

Nathan Bransford said...

Matt-

Are you thinking of this one?

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/08/the-publishing-process-in-gif-form.html

Christine Monson said...

And writers constantly criticize their own writing, and writing mistakes.

Opps! I meant to say in my last post, "I haven't laugh-cried this much in a long time."

Ava Jae said...

I absolutely love this! Thank you, Nathan!

Ariel Eishen said...

Oh man, I snorted a little! Thanks for reminding me I'm normal, Nathan! Ha!

Cheryl St.John said...

I laughed all the way through. Sheldon was my favorite, though.

abc said...

That Zoolander thing WILL ALWAYS MAKE ME LAUGH.

Annabel Joseph said...

Go Gators! (the first .gif) I can honestly say I never did much thinking about my books during the games but I did do a lot of chomping.

Chitra Divakaruni said...

You got it! Sharing your link on my FB page https://www.facebook.com/chitradivakaruni

Chitra Divakaruni

stopdropreload said...

What on Earth is going on in GIF number seven? Someone's proposed solution to diving in soccer?

Captcha: ropes hitman. That's...mildly unsettling.

Spike said...

Sweet! Love these, and if you ever want to stop writing and make internet content... I would watch it. :)

Josin L. McQuein said...

Abso-friggin-lutely.

And you also know the only four letter word that really makes a writer shudder is: EDIT.

Peter Dudley said...

Dude.

Lee Libro said...

Yowsa! Very entertaining! Loved it!

Laurie Evans said...

Awesome!

Elaine Smith said...

I enjoyed this - grining so hard should not hurt ;)

Rena said...

You might also know you're a writer if you interrupted reading this post to check your email hoping it was an agent getting back to you on your query letter.

This totally made my day.

Shruti said...

As always, absolutely amazing.

Sass Cadeaux said...

Thanks for the laughs and accurate description.

Looking forward to your future blogs!

Elisa Nuckle said...

This is hilarious and accurate. I love gif posts like these because they're so derpy and fun.

Calliopenjo said...

Couldn't have said it any better myself. This was fun. Do you think teachers would be willing to adopt this form of teaching?

120Pages said...

Fantastic!

I still look back at "The Publishing Process in GIF Form" whenever I need a laugh.

So funny, and so true!!! Thank you!

Lia Keyes said...

GENIUS.

Sarah Hipple said...

Funny and yet a reminder that I'm not completely crazy too (or at least not more so than other witers).

smb2323 said...

I think I went through every one of these just today! LOL!

christinemareebell said...

Love it!

Melissa Pearl said...

You are awesome :)
Thank you so much for that :)

Bruce Bonafede said...

Very funny piece. Some of these are hilarious. Thanks for the laughs!

Stephanie Allen said...

As a Seahawks fan, I especially appreciate the Harbaugh GIF ;)

BECKY said...

Love, love, love it!

Jennifer R. Donohue said...

This is probably one of the best lists I have ever seen.

Also, I love Supernatural.

Anonymous said...

Nathan, this is THE BEST post *ever*.

thewriteedge said...

Love it, Nathan! And I can totally agree with every single statement. Thanks for sharing!

e_journeys said...

Love it.
That would be, "Seeing typos makes you crazy," with an "s" added to "make."
(That was a test, right?)

Mira said...

Awesome, Nathan! Totally fun. :D

Tammy Theriault said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

Faith Mortimer said...

The post got better and better! More and more funny...

Faith Mortimer said...

Great fun- a blog post that got more hilarious the more I watched

Cecelia Dowdy said...

HILARIOUS!!!

Joanna said...

Thank you Nathan, as I sit here editing my novel for about the 20th (hopefully the LAST) time... your gif could not have come at a better time. Your perspective, perseverance and patience at all times, in all ways is a gift

Natasha Hanova said...

Perfect! And true.

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

My first thought was: "Wow. How succinct. He covered every base."

Then: "Oh crap. We *are* all alike."

lbombardier said...

Mm hm. Yup.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This was awesome! Writers are a crazy bunch but we love what we do.

Bridgid Gallagher said...

Ha - that's great! Sad and funny (but mostly funny). I love the gif of Moss and Roy fist bumping - that's totally how it is when I meet writerly soul mates. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh this is great...especially the part about ideas...WHY ARE YOU SNEAKING AROUND MY HOUSE IN THE CLOSETS!?!?! :D ahhaha

Heidi said...

Love it, Nathan!

I did a similar post, "Why Do You Write?" in which I talk about Unicorns and the Hall of Justice, with help from Kevin Spacey, Ron Burgundy, and Spongebob. These are so fun.

Of course, I was inspired by your post, "The Publishing Process in GIF Form."

Thanks again!

My Inner Chick said...

Brilliant!
I LoOooOOve! X

William Kendall said...

So funny, Nathan!

Haneen I. Adam said...

That post is simply awesome Nathan, I completely relate :)

jan said...

Awesome! Smiling out loud...Thanks, I needed that.

Steve MC said...

I didn't look at this the other day 'cause I wasn't in the mood for anything funny. Today I'm even less in the mood, which is why I needed it all the more.

So thanks! And so cool to see Carl Sagan.

Kastie Pavlik said...

AWESOME to see the I.T. CROWD made it!! And soooo true!

B.C. Brown said...

Phenomenal!

BC Brown

Rochelle Barlow said...

I love this so much! I can't decide which one I love the most. The last one is pretty dang sweet though. I want to do that too!

Thatcher C. Nalley said...

I love this! I am sharing it with all my fellow writers. :)

Amy Valentini said...

Loved, loved, loved this! And yes, I am a writer. Thanks for the laugh. If we can't laugh at ourselves, we're doomed. : )

E. M. LaBonte said...

Yes... THIS. That is all that needs to be said. Well, that and THANK YOU!

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