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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Signs That You Might Be Mad . . . Or a Writer


1. Conversations go on in your head between people no one else can see and hear but you.

2. It is not unusual for you to plot someone’s murder during dinner, sometimes to the consternation of restaurant waitstaff and fellow diners who do not realize you are a writer.

3. You know odd facts like how a noose can be knotted that will enable a person being hanged to survive and navigation tricks for sailing in the Caribbean when you’ve never owned a sailboat, nor plan to own one.


Can you think of any other signs?

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At 8:48 AM, Blogger Ladyhawk said...

The collection of copious scraps of varying kinds of paper covered in notations.

It was such a relief when I found myself in the company of writers to learn that it's a common occurrence to have characters interfering in the plot and/or demanding their own story. :-)
~Judy

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Ever since I started writing romantic suspense, I do look at things/situations in a whole new way! :) Scary!!

If I see a kid walking around town with a backpack I automatically think there might be a bomb in his pack or if someone's at the car wash I wonder what they're trying to wash away...

I do pay attention to dialogue in the mall or in line at the grocery store, too.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

When you wake from a dream, you think, "That would make a good book" and start to furiously scribble on the notepad next to your bed.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

When you walk around work with a pocket full of color coded notecards on which you can be seen to scribble furiously while walking into a shelf full of french bread.

You have entire conversations with your critique partner about people who only exist in your heads about what these people would or would not do or would or would not say.

Packages from Amazon.com or Alibris or Abebooks that contain research books are snatched from the postman's hands so fast he gets a papercut on the packaging and you slink back into the house rubbing the package saying "Mine. Mine. Mine."

Or is that just me?

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At 12:18 PM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

Eavesdropping on conversations, making notes about what people are wearing, funny gestures. That's why I love writer's conferences and my RWA chapter meetings -- because everyone 'gets it.' Who else but a writer can hear all those voices and not get sent to the padded room.

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

When you accost total strangers in the bookstore at the mall and try to get them to take your bookmark.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

When you sit in Starbocks with your CP openly discussing in detail the sexual activities of non-existent people.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

And Trish, what if you just plain plot stories in your sleep?

 

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