Inspiration,  Writing

Strange Things Writers Do + 20-Question Book Tag

Writers are unique beings. And just downright strange to the outside world.

*sighs* They’ll never understand our uniquely complicated and intelligent minds. 😛

Here’s several things that writers do, that, uh…may seem a little creepy to passersby. 😉

 

#1: People watch

Anyone I’ve told that I do this, I read this in their facial expression: People watch? Like…stalking? That’s kinda weird. And creepy. She just sits in a corner and watches people?! 

And meanwhile I am smiling and nodding, adding to their comfort. 😛

Dear world, Yes, writers people watch. Not in a creepy way (*cough*usually*cough*). We just observe life, conversations, and how people interact. We often find character inspiration from the strangers around us. So if you find us staring at you, just act yourself. We’re probably thinking about how you’d make a great character for our next book. 😉

 

#2: Talk about fighting/killing/injuries…in public

I made the mistake once of talking to my brother about how I’d planned on killing my character….in public…in a crowd. And I’m not sure if I mentioned ‘character’ or ‘book’ in that conversation to clarify for the secretly horrified people.

Yeah…not a good idea.

Dear world, we apologize for any discomfort you might have felt when you overheard our conversations and thought we were murderers. We’re really not (at least we don’t kill real people). You see, we don’t often think about how what we’re saying sounds to non-writer ears, and we just want to talk about all the happenings in our books. 🙂

 

#3: Kill (imaginary) people…and enjoy it

Okay, maybe we don’t love to kill off our precious characters, but it does seem to be a skill that we enjoy using. XD

Readers are always horrified and upset when the author kills of a good character. Writers who are readers are too. But yet, when we’re on the other end of the story, we rub our hands together and grin as our readers’ tears pour out.

Dear world, you probably think we’re cruel. Heartless, even. But let me tell you, it hurts us just as much (MORE even) to kill off a character. But think about it…all of your favorite characters are dead ones aren’t they? Yeah, so we’ll keep killing them off. 😉

 

#4: Think/talk in our writing style, narrating our lives like a book

Tell me I’m not the only one that does this (because if I am….then I have problems).

Sometimes I go about my day, internally narrating my life in the style and feel of my current WIP, whether it be a light-hearted contemporary or a serious dystopian. I’ll switch back and forth between first and third person too. 🙂

I’m not crazy. No, not one bit.

Dear world, … yup, we’re a little bit crazy.

 

#5: Rejoice over our readers tears

If it was any other circumstance that someone was happy over another person’s tears, we might call that person twisted and devoid of heart.

But when it comes to our readers’ tears, then…well, that’s awesome. 🙂

Dear world, we put our hearts and souls into our stories, trying to make the emotions feel real and the characters connect deeply with the reader. So when we move someone to tears with what we’ve wrote, it feels like an accomplishment. We’re sorry for all the tears you’ve shed. Here’s a tissue.

 

And there you have it! Send this post to your non-write friends, so they can understand (at least a little bit) why you do what you do. 😉 I’d love to hear from you about strange things you’ve done as a writer, and adventures you’ve had as a result. 🙂

 

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Now onto the tag!

This is the 20-Question Book Tag, and I was tagged by Kendra Lynne (go check out her blog!). I’ve never seen this tag before Kendra did it on her blog, so I’m excited to get going. 😀

#1: How many books are too many in a series?

In my opinion, series shouldn’t be any more than four or five books long. One of my favorite series, the Swipe series, is four books long, which felt like a good number.

 

#2: How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

Grr…

I love-hate them. They tear me apart but keep me reading, or scrambling to get the next book. 😉

 

#3: Hardback or paperback?

Definitely hardback. They stay nicer longer. 🙂 But they’re also pretty expensive, so I go with paperback a lot too.

 

#4: Favorite book?

um HOW DO I CHOOSE???

I have several…Swipe by Evan Angler, Fawkes and A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes, Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard. I could go on.

 

#5: Least favorite book?

The first in the Bell Mountain series. I wanted to like this book because of the Christian themes in it, but sadly it felt kind of poorly written. 🙁

 

#6: Love-triangles, yes or no?

Um…no romance please?

I actually prefer minimal romance, and more action and adventure in my novels. But if done right, I can see how love-triangles would add to the conflict.

 

#7: The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Nothing to came to mind actually. Even if I don’t like the book, I try to still finish it. *shrugs* I don’t know, I just know how hard it is to write a book, and I feel bad for the author if I didn’t finish it.

Even if…they don’t know that I’m reading it. XD

 

#8: A book you’re currently reading?

A Touch of Gold, by Annie Sullivan.

 

#9: Last book you recommended to someone?

I think it was Merlin’s Blade, trying to get my college-aged-brother-who-doesn’t-have-much-time-for-pleasure-reading to enjoy fiction again. 🙂

 

#10: Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Hmmm….Sherlock Holmes? I feel like there may be something older, but it’s not coming to mind. I’m not sure what the publication date is on that.

 

#11: Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Fawkes, by Nadine Brandes. It released I believe in July of 2018.

 

#12: Favorite author?

This is just about as hard as picking a favorite book.

Again, I have several…Nadine Brandes, Evan Angler, Chuck Black, Robert Treskillard, Jaye L. Knight, and there are more. 🙂

 

#13: Buying books or borrowing?

I would WAY prefer buying them. Because then the books become mine and nobody else’s. 😛 My babies…

 

#14: A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

Pride & Prejudice. Most of my friends seemed to really like this, but it’s not really my genre. It was okay, but I’d much prefer something more fast-paced.

 

#15: Bookmarks or dog-ears?

NO DOG-EARS! Bookmarks are the way to go.

Just remember, every time a page is dog-eared, a Jenna dies.

 

#16: A book you can always reread?

The Knights of Arrethtrae series and Kingdom series by Chuck Black. I’ve probably read them all three times.

 

#17: Can you read while hearing to music?

If it has lyrics, probably not. If it’s just instrumental…well, it depends on how much I like it, because then I’ll want to listen to it. 🙂

 

#18: One POV or multiple POVs?

I think multiple POVs are really interesting, but only if they’re done right.

 

#19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Very rarely do I have the time to read a book in one sitting, but I have done it before. But if it’s a super duper good book, sometime it’s sad to finish it so quick.

 

#20: Who do you tag?

Hannah @ The Catwing Has Landed

Chelsea @ An Ordinary Pen

Abigail @ Books, Life, & Christ

Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Lilian @ Green Tea with Books

I hope you enjoyed it! If I didn’t tag you but you’d like to use the tag, feel free! 😀

 

Write on,

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Can you relate to these strange things writers do? What other things have you done for the sake of writing that the world wold think is strange? Come on, don’t be shy…we’re all writers here, and we’ve probably done the same thing. 😉


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