Spacing Out: Weird Habits of a Writer

Sep 18, 2010

I'm sort of a space case.


Just ask my husband. We'll be in the middle of something normal (dinner, taking a walk, playing with the baby), and suddenly, I'll tune out. My eyes get big, and I stare off into the distance. I don't actually notice when I'm doing this, because inside, I'm thinking the following:

Ooh, wouldn't it be interesting if the real reason Ash and Quinn don't like each other is...

Or

Hey, I know how to fix that scene! Maybe they could...

Or

Wouldn't a cool story be if...

Eventually, I'll come back to the world, and get teased by my husband (who's kind enough to let me space out when I need to without interruption).

So, my friends, do you have any odd/interesting/funny habits as a writer? Do share!

11 comments:

Tere Kirkland said...

Yeah, I have to admit I've been at a bbq with friends and whipped out my notebook so I could write something down I didn't want to forget. Kind of rude of me, I know. And embarrassing, because then they want to know what I was writing and out of context, it was kind of weird...

Fun post!

Chersti Nieveen said...

Oh I so do that, too! Good to know I am not alone.

Ann said...

I wake up to those thoughts. Doesn't matter how tired I am or how little sleep I have had. The swirling thoughts insist on being heard!

Jonene Ficklin said...

Great blog! Hey, daydreaming should be an Olympic event. There's an art to it, especially when you want to appear like other 'normal' mortals. Since I write and do artwork, the staring/daydreaming happens frequently. Luckily, my family really loves me, too.

Myrna Foster said...

My husband has to get up in the middle of the night for work quite often. Last week, he got up one morning, and before I could get back to sleep, I had a couple of lines come to me that I had to write down. By the time he got out of the shower, I'm scrounging for a piece of paper and asking him if he has a pen on his dresser. He just shook his head and tossed me a pen.

DL Hammons said...

I think that must be an occupational hazard!! :)

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Talei said...

Oh yes, this is quite normal! ;) If I get a really strong idea though, I have to write it down immediately.

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A.L. Sonnichsen said...

TOTALLY! My kids have to put up with this all the time. Sometimes I'm just in a zone, walking around the house doing chores, but in my head I am IN A SCENE. They're like, "Mom? ... Mom? ... Mom! ... Mom!"

"Oh, sorry, honey, were you talking to me?"

So, no, you're not alone. And I mumble to myself, too. Very embarrassing.

Amy

Solvang Sherrie said...

I do the same thing! I keep a notepad with me now because I lost too many good ideas on random scraps of paper that I could never find again :)

Kristin Miller said...

I'm exactly the same way! My husband and I talk about my hero and heroine like they're real people. You should see the looks we get when we go out to dinner and gab about who kidnapped whom and who killed whom where. He-he.

Glad I found your blog! Always great to meet another writer.

Kristin
www.pararomance.blogspot.com

 
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