Writers aren’t always what they seem. They may appear rather ordinary and unobtrusive on the outside. But if you were to actually get inside the mind of a writer, you’d be surprised at what you’d find!
When you see a writer jogging down the street with headphones on and lips moving, you might assume that she’s singing along to her playlist. Chances are she’s role-playing the next scene in her novel.
When you see a writer sitting in church taking furious notes, you might think she’s super spiritual and an eager learner. Chances are she’s finally figuring out her character’s spiritual arc and busy plotting out how God will impart those sermon truths into her character’s life.
When you see a writer staring at the sunset, you might think she’s admiring nature. Chances are she’s trying to figure out how to describe the sky and the sun and the colors so that she can use it in a book.
When you see a writer trip and fall down a set of stairs or accidentally cut herself, you’ll probably assume she’s embarrassed or hurt. Chances are she’s thinking about how the pain feels so that she can write about it more realistically.
When you see a writer engrossed in reading a novel, you might guess she’s swept away by the story (and many times that’s true!). Chances are that sometimes her internal editor is wrecking havoc with a mental red pen and she’s counting how many times the author has over-used the word “smirk.”
When you see a writer smiling and nodding at her child after being interrupted during writing time, you’ll likely assume as a good mother she welcomes the break. Chances are she has no clue what the child is saying and is instead still lost in story-land.
When you see a writer’s husband at the library carrying out stacks of books with titles such Women’s Hairstyles in the Middle Ages or The History of Undergarments, you might assume he’s an odd duck. Chances are he’s picking up books his writer wife has put on hold.
When you see a writer sitting at her desk sipping coffee and munching on German chocolate from Aldi’s, you’d naturally assume she’s taking a rare break to garner fuel for an intense bout of writing. Chances are she’s already taken a dozen trips to the coffee pot and only written half of what she needs to.
When you view a writer’s internet history and see articles like “How to Poison Wine” or “What Herbs Are Lethal” you might assume she’s a psychotic killer. Chances are that she’s researching how her villain can kill off another character.
There you have it! Not that I’ve personally experienced any or all of the above. 😉 Next time you see a writer, be forewarned, not all is as it appears to be!
Writers, what do you have to add to
my the list? And readers, do we sometimes surprise you with our oddities? 🙂
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