Friday, May 18, 2012

You Know You're A Writer When...

Every day I leave work at 2:30 p.m. to go pick up my daughter. It's a nice time of the day to get out of the office for my "lunch break" and I only have an hour and a half left of work by the time I get back.

It's also a perfect time for me to connect with my writing.

On the drive to my daughter's school, I've thought through plot snags, rearranged scenes in my head, and mused how I can make my characters' lives worse. While waiting at the school, I've made lots of notes and done research for my WIP, madly scribbling away before my daughter arrives.

Yesterday, though, was a new one for me.

After I took my daughter home, I was driving back to work and had some amazing ideas that completely created a new aspect to my novel. The ideas kept coming and as I stopped at the stoplight, I grabbed my notebook and started scribbling.

Then I looked up and realized the light had turned green and I was about to make the drivers behind me very upset.

This happened not once, but twice.

Whoops.

What's your favorite "d'oh!" moment as a writer?

16 comments:

  1. I can't think of any right now, but I'm sure not going on a green is one of them.

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    1. LOL. I felt kind of bad because I get upset at people who don't move when the light is green. Who knows...they could be writers, too!

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  2. I've been there! I think more than anything I miss conversations. Ya know... I'm in the middle of a group of people (or at dinner, or fixing dinner, or cleaning dishes...) and I realize suddenly people are talking to me and I've not heard a word they said because I was trying to untangle a plot problem. Ah yes.

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  3. I was in a meeting for my nine to five and one of the guys I was presenting to gave had an expression that I was like 'oh, that would be great to include in a character!'

    Totally lost my train of thought... :) haha

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  4. I tend to daydream scenes. So if I'm in a cafe or restaurant and friends are asking me questions... I get prodded often! xo

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  5. Lol, good for you grabbing the moment and making those notes.

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    1. Thankfully the car behind me didn't honk!

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  6. I do that same thing with notebooks! A good drive also helps me free up my brain. :)

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    1. Some of the best thinking time I have is when I head home - 5 hours on the Interstate!

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  7. That specific thing hasn't happened - in our small town the lights don't stop for long enough - but I have had lots of other occasions where being absorbed by my characters has led to near disasters or just plain missing what's happening around me. I'm sure my friends think I'm a bit batty!

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    1. I think if you're a writer, it's a requirement to be a bit batty! ;-)

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  8. Like KelleyI've often had moments of watching someone in a meeting and thinking - yes, he's just what I need for xxx character!

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    1. I love it! I admit, my mind has wandered a lot during our boring meetings, too!

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