I read this thing the other day about how a writer’s lifestyle is a miserable thing, and before that, I was trying to think about how to write a post about loneliness. You see, this winter has been long and grim and I’ve been missing home.Everyone says it takes about a year to settle into a new location, but when you work primarily from home, it can little harder to make friends, and opportunities to socialize seldom fall into your lap. You have to take initiative. Which sucks. But the alternative is being inside all the time, alone with your thoughts, which is especially terrible when winter feels as endless as this one does.
The only good thing about this situation is that, if you are writing fiction, at least your thoughts of fiction are not as bad as the thoughts you have late at night, when you’re lying in your bed, or when you are getting dressed in the morning and confront in the mirror your increasingly aged and ugly face. And the kitchen is full of dirty dishes and your partner is nowhere to be found! They’re thinking about pretty girls and former lovers in a space that is not entirely filled with the hair of animals and the walls are not splattered with coffee and the air doesn’t form weird vortices of stink at the top of the stairs and outside the bathroom and near the back door.
No. Get out of the house, go make some friends. Go out and talk to new people. Appropriate their life stories, alienate these new friends you’ve made, and enrich yourselves, my fellow writers. I am going to tell you how.
20 Inexpensive Ways to Feel Like Less of a Loser Instantly
1. Go to your local gym. You don’t have to spend a fortune, just pick the cheapest nastiest one you can find. It should have visible mold on the walls and the free weights should be rusty. 2. Cafes and coffee shops have people in them. It is easier to pay $2 to be around strangers for an hour than it is to make friends. 3. Assuming you have friends who would accept an invitation from you, have them around for some video games and TV watching and snacks. 4. Volunteering. 5. Charity shops. 6. Pets, assuming they do not often require costly medical interventions. 7. Meetup groups. 8. Stroll around town. 9. Go to a hospital canteen. 10. “Hand relief.” 11. Drink alone while watching aspirational programming. 12. Take a bath when you are supposed to be writing. 13. Send a lot of text messages to people you used to know. Don’t sound needy.. 14. Your local library has programs and people in it. Sometime coffee mornings with elders. 15. Make yourself hideous and call your loneliness solitude. 16. Listen to all Tori Amos. 17. Submit some things to journals and agents. GET YOUR CAREER BACK ON TRACK. 18. Drink a glass of water. 19. Talk to a lot of waiters, baristas, and shop assistants, and confuse the helpfulness required of them by their employers with an actual bid for friendship. But as a writer/shop assistant, I can tell you, my bids are genuine. 20. Go back to bed.