Okay, no surprise here. I am a writer and we live in our heads. When we put the thoughts on paper (or in the computer) that’s how we express ourselves. Yes, I do know a few extrovert writers, but for the majority that I’m close to it takes a lot of effort to be “on”.
I’ve had a lot of company over the past few weeks – my college roommates for a four day pajamas party, family to look for clothes for an upcoming family wedding. Now Christmas is coming. I love them all, but it takes a lot of energy for me. I sometimes think of them as vampires. They get more and more energized as I’m drained.
I’m an empty nester now and frankly love it. It would be great to see the kids more, but I also love that hubby or I can say, “Hey, let’s go to the mountains for the weekend,” and all we have to do it lock the door and leave.
I realize that I come home from work (I still have a full time job in addition to writing) and don’t even speak for hours. I read or write and recharge for the next day. Then it starts over again.
What about you? Does being around people give you energy or sap it? What do you do to recharge?
I don’t know that I feel so much drained by people as I find myself just wanting to talk to those living my my head. I tend to miss them when we don’t sit and write together for days.
I do wonder if all writers are a little strange like this.
We must be, look what we do
Maybe that’s it . . .
I have the same feelings…requires solitude to be creative….but who can resist?
As one of the “vampires” that stayed with you for 4 days, I’d like you to know that as much as I was beyond thrilled to visit I was also ready to leave. I’m not a writer but love my quiet time. My kids were here for Thanksgiving and I had forgotten how exhausting they can be. I just read a book
about living secluded on a light house. I think I could do it.
Ooh a light house – you can have the upstairs and I’ll have the downstairs and we’ll meet weekly or so! And I was just as thrilled to see you – when are we getting together again. I don’t have to pretend with you guys