A Writer’s Life according to Sherlock

I’ve wanted to do one of these things for the longest time. And here it is. A writer’s life according to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.


3 when a new character just appears

Getting a new idea


4outliners about the end of their book

Outliners setting to work

5 pantsers

Pantsers setting to work




1 starting a book

Deciding on the perfect opening



On the brink of figuring out a troublesome plot aspect


2 arguing with a character

Arguing with a character about their role in your story

6 convincing a popup character you are in charge

Confronting a pop-up character


When the plot falls in place

9deciding to kill someone

Realizing you need to kill someone

10 when others tell how to write your book

When a nonwriter tells you stories are about more than pain

11 when you know what you just wrote is good

When you know you just wrote something good

12 watching reader reactions to a particularily sad scene

Watching readers after giving them a particularly sad scene

13 midwriting slump

Mid-novel writing slump

14 realistic research

How we research

14.5 why we know so much

How we tell others we research

15 showing friends our treasures

Why we don’t show friends our treasures

16 it's not stalking

It’s not stalking…

17 bidding our villians farewell

Bidding your villain farewell even when you want to give him a happy end



When you realize you still need to edit


18 so you write books

You’re a writer… so you… write books?

19 modeling yourself to what people expect

Modeling your style off what you accidentally did once and people now expect



20 after a book is done

When a project is finally finished


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  1. *dies laughing* I haven’t even seen this show and all the gifs are perfect.

  2. Cindy (Hope's Favourite, Most Lovable ENFJ)

    Brilliant. This is absolutely brilliant 😀

  3. Great job. This was so much fun to watch.

  4. This post is perfection.

  5. C.M. - II Tim. 1:7

    I have to echo what the above geniuses just said!

    ~INTJ Female

  6. Wow! XD SO! TRUE! XD Loved it.

  7. That is amazing!!!! Good work, Hope!

  8. Oh my goodness I love this! #sherlockfan 😛

  9. so, this is literally one of the only shows aside from Walker Texas Ranger that I completely love. So, yeah, this is beyond funny. Plus made me chuckle! Great post 😉

  10. Oh goodness. This is so true on so many levels. XD

  11. I’ve only seen one full episode of the show, but this is brilliant!

  12. *dies Laughing* Yes. Yes. And Yes. XD

  13. Haha, I’ve never watched Sherlock, but this was very funny! 😀

  14. Nailed my writing life perfectly!

  15. LOL! All too accurate…

  16. I’ve only seen a couple episodes of Sherlock, but I know enough for this to make me smile. You’ve got some brilliant leaps of imagination here! “Why we don’t show our friends our treasures.” 🙂

  17. Lol! You should do one with Doctor Who gifs.

    • I want to sometime. Merlin too and Avengers and… there’s so many. There were enough gifs I could do another full one with Sherlock.

  18. “It’s not stalking…” LOLOL

    “When you realize you still need to edit.” SO TRUE!!!

    Great post! Love it!

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