In day to day life, a writer sees the world differently and sometimes, they don’t see the world at all.
When a writer doesn’t have their head buried in a book, whether it be one they are creating or one they are reading, they are usually seeing the world for what it is, what it isn’t and what it could be. Their minds are always wandering, with every sight, every smell and every conversation or interaction with the world, they could see something else, something magical. That’s why they are usually distant and often distracted.
Their minds are always working, always trying to figure out where one of their stories goes next or what kind of a backstory one of their characters has. Their minds work while they work, while they sleep, while they do pretty much anything. Being a writer is to always think about what you could be writing. It’s a full-time job.
When writers are otherwise engaged with something that requires their full attention, they tend to either get really into the moment or remain silent while they try to get through whatever they are doing so they can get back to those fictional worlds they love so much. Things such as a job, socializing and other such things are usually just activities to keep other parts of themselves happy or alive.
Writers write, not because they want to, but because they have to. They are a glass that is being filled with water. The glass being their mind and the water being their thoughts. When that glass overflows, you lose the water that is spilled and that is a fear every writer has, to lose their thoughts, their words, their ability to create. When the water spills, there is a risk of it damaging itself and the environment around it. Writers usually aren’t very happy when they stop writing because they are denying a large part of themselves.
Writers react to things with a curiosity that may not be seen by most people as “sane”. They may not be the sanest of people but are usually some of the truest and honest people you will meet. This can also be seen as arrogance when a writer states their honest opinion bluntly or unexpectedly. They mean well, even if it doesn’t seem like it, trust me.
In the end, writers are slaves to the written word. They tend to fill their lives with books, make friends with fictional characters and they constantly live in fictional worlds. They overthink, stare into space, say what’s on their mind or say nothing at all. For most writers, if they can write, they are happy. They are those people who struggle to sleep because the best of their ideas pop into their heads the closer they get to falling asleep. They are also the most ambitious procrastinators you will ever meet.
One of my most favorite quotes in the world explains much of this better than I can.
A writer is a world, trapped inside a person. – Victor Hugo
And by nature, that which is trapped will always try to escape.
So, that is what I perceive a writer’s mind to be because it is how my mind tends to work. I like having the mind of a writer, it’s a truly beautiful thing. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, not when I can create my own worlds.