This week’s Marketing for Romance Writer’s 52-week blog topic is entitled My Bad Habits. I could list the usual things like not exercising enough, cheating on my diet or one of the many others things I’m constantly trying to change or improve—but I won’t bore you with that. Instead I’m going to talk about a few bad habits that non-writers might notice and wish that some writers (looks over shoulder) would realize creeps out non-writer-ly folk.
I have a confession. Most of us writers already know about these bad habits and we’re not going to stop—because we can’t.
When I began actively pursuing writing and obsessively studying the craft something changed in my brain. I began to think and act differently. It was almost as if my mind and thoughts were rewired. A few might even suggest some of these odd habits of mine were akin to that of a vampire. That’s without the drinking of blood, of course—unless it’s disguised in a cabernet bottle.
Forgetting to Blink
Once I let my imagination take the wheel, sometimes it forgets to relinquish it to me if it travels down the path of a story. That’s fine…for
me. I’m harvesting fresh shiny ideas for my next story, or absorbing my characters comments and actions.
It’s not always as fine for anyone else. They only observe the staring off into nothing unblinking creepy-deek stare reminiscent of the kid chanting redrum.
I’m pretty sure vampires have been known to stare with dead, unblinking eyes. Don’t be so quick to judge. Perhaps they were just writing a story.
Losing Track of Time
Like an immortal, sparkly being that can live forever, I’ve been known to sit in front of the keyboard without noting the passage of time. Hours pass without my knowledge as I purge the prose from my thoughts. Although unlike vampires, I do occasionally need nourishment and I don’t have the benefit of a resilient back.
It often appears as if I’ve wasted the day and neglected household tasks that rank higher in priority to the non-writerly folk in my family. Apparently they require sustenance as well.
Lack of Sunlight
Just because I share the same pasty white skin lacking a kiss of sunlight and embrace solitude doesn’t mean I’m a vampire. Suggesting that possibility might come in handy when I’m trying to avoid social gatherings or someone suggests I leave my writing before the sun has set.
Sinking My Teeth into a MovieEver since the #writer rewiring, I can no longer watch a movie like a normal person. Click To Tweet
Therefore, I feel it’s my duty to share my observations with other non-writerly folk unfortunate enough to be my friends and family watching a movie with me.
I dissect the scenes with a gnashing of teeth if they don’t develop enough empathy for the main character. I shred the murder scene as I announce that the character is definitely TSTL (too stupid to live).
Like a vamp forced to leave her castle before sundown, I awkwardly stumble through efforts at promotion.
Either dumping the details and fleeing as abruptly as a vampire disappears, or choking out the book blurb like a pint of chilled blood.
What Bad Habits Drive You Crazy?
Check out the bad habits of the other authors in the blog hop. Don’t worry, they won’t bite.
But you never know…I might.