Not of Walter Mity or of Bees or even of the American Teenager... But the secret life of writers. And okay it may not be so secret, but if you're a non-writer the crazy process may be something new or interesting.
Lots of writers I know love coffee (or booze... Or both). I've decided that's because we have entirely WAY too much to do! Every day... Always! Honestly my to do lists and piles of papers get outrageous!
Before you get published you have to sell yourself to prospective publishers or agents. Create a group of other writer friends to help beta or critique, and exchange both ways, which means you're also reading for them. Become a master editor, because editing makes the difference between writers and authors. Outline, and WRITE, write, WRITE! Forget sleep, because you also have a day job (and maybe a family)!
That's already a lot!
But wait... Because then when you have a book being published you also have to learn to market it and yourself. That's a ton of work itself too! Plus you're still doing all the rest while trying to write something new, read other writer friends work... It's enough to make your head spin off.
But even with all the organization and time management needed (which I'm still bad at) it's still SO worth it! I love ALL of the reading and writing :) and I'll learn to market. I usually just need a little coffee and an occasional break from the day job.
It's nuts but super rewarding.
So are you still wondering what the secret part of our lives consists of? Like Bridget Jones said: we're covered in scales under our clothes! Plus we're really busy, and far too creative/sensitive, a little neurotic, and probably addicted to coffee.
And we all wish we were mermaids/princesses/vampires/fairies/wizards :)
Just kidding (mostly)!