Writers are simple creatures, we really are. Give us a small, space, make it quiet or noisy depending on our preference, throw in food and beverages every now and then, and we are happy.
A computer and a note pad are always useful as we need something to jot ideas down on…and to write on.
When I’m writing, I forget about everything. In fact, I really hate it when something ‘real life’ important rears its ugly head and demands my attention.
I sometimes worry about myself!
But mostly I worry about writing.
I have two lives. The real one and the imaginary one, and sometimes that line can get real blurry. You find yourself saying things your character might say, and then you wonder whether you are losing yourself inside your character, or if your self is being lost inside the character.
I find it particularly disturbing when I start to sound like the male characters from my book. Does this mean I write feminine male characters?
Do I need to seek counseling?
And what the heck does it matter?
Is there even anything even separating the old stereotypes of men and woman anymore?
Maybe it’s good to mix it up!
Sometimes my mind goes off on a wild ramble…
I forget about real people when I write, but every now and then they pop up and remind me, and it takes me a few minutes to center myself.
I don’t forget about my cats…well one of them anyway because he is extremely noisy and lets me know if there are insufficient quantities of bickies in his bowl.
And writing is such a long process, and terribly frustrating. It feels like every little stage takes forever and it makes you so impatient, and being impatient is not conducive to quality writing…and then you end up editing it to death and feeling even more impatient and frustrated!
But every now and then you write a sentence or a paragraph, and it is so damn beautiful that you wonder how the heck you dragged that out of the sorry ramble that your tapping fingers produced during the other 99% of the time.
You can get lost in that sentence, find yourself re-reading it and admiring it like you’ve just discovered you really do have a soul.
The rest of your draft is still a shocking mess, but you’re a writer, so you focus on the positives.
And then there are other writers. Those appalling folks who keep writing good books that you can’t help but dip into the moment they come out. You’ve written 200 words today, you should reward that effort by reading a couple of chapters from your favorite author’s new book!
There’s a flaw in this plan because no one ever just reads a chapter. Nope, that’s not going to happen.
So in answer to the question, what do writers think about…everything and anything…we walk among you and yet we are not really present.
Don’t hate us, we can’t help it. If you want to know what really goes on inside our head, you’ll have to buy our books 😉
Happy reading and writing 🙂