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Writers Are Weird

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Perhaps to a non-writer, writers appear weird. We writers tend to have unusual habits that others may even call loony. See my checklist below to see if you share any of my writing nuances.

I . . .

  1. Wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about my characters.
  2. Climb out of bed to jot down an idea, lest I forget by morning.
  3. Have happy fingers that long to touch the keyboard as soon as I wake.
  4. Talk to characters.
  5. Hear characters talk in my head.
  6. Through conversations, allow characters to tell me what’s going to happen next in the plot.
  7. Go everywhere with pen and paper; can’t leave the house without it!
  8. Consider writing time a joy.
  9. Dissect movies – can almost predict what’s going to happen next; look for the black moment, climax, etc.
  10. Perfect gifts for me – paper, notebooks, pens, tablets, books, sticky notes . . . anything involving reading and writing.
     I remember vividly when we talked about hobbies at school, my students thought, “You really enjoy those things?” My favorite pasttimes were reading and writing. What a dull teacher they had! Only to me, those hobbies led me on thrilling adventures, gave me extraordinary highs, and allowed me to experience places and things I never dreamed possible.
     In what way do you think writers seem weird? What characteristic would you add?

June 22, 2013 - Posted by | Life, Writing | , , ,


  1. I spend time thinking about my stories. My wife totally doesn’t get this and thinks I am procrastinating.


    Comment by The Wandering Gourmand | June 27, 2013 | Reply

  2. So how many of these stories and characters are rooted in the people we know, including ourselves, and our attempts to make sense of what’s happening around us?


    Comment by Jnana Hodson | July 1, 2013 | Reply

  3. My wife often tells me that I “don’t seem to be here.” I am here, physically, but my mind is off somewhere else, writing or rewriting.


    Comment by bronxboy55 | July 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Such is the life of a writer! It does seem that, as a writer, I am constantly thinking of the next line, sentence, topic, or character . . . Thanks so much for sharing!


      Comment by Arsoleen Woolcock | July 3, 2013 | Reply

  4. You’ve got an award! Congrats!…me-twin-awards/


    Comment by Meka | July 13, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks so very much!!! I am honored. 🙂


      Comment by Arsoleen Woolcock | July 20, 2013 | Reply

      • :)You’re very welcome!


        Comment by Meka | July 20, 2013

  5. The absolute conviction that there’s meaning in any and everything. Films, people, objects, whatever – just always trying to find the narrative behind the thing. Makes it real hard to throw away the little notes I make, in case I toss something that could later be important, it’s a very untidy existence.


    Comment by Thoughtlife | July 27, 2013 | Reply

    • I, too, save notes, story starters, poems, and such. I am the same way! Thanks for your response.


      Comment by Arsoleen Woolcock | July 27, 2013 | Reply

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