Wednesday, January 12, 2011

10 Random Thoughts from a Newbie Writer

The author of one of the blogs I follow extended an invitation for her readers to write guest posts. I don't know if she will choose my submission to run on her blog, but either way, I thought I'd share it with you.

10 Random Thoughts from a Newbie Writer

1) I have a time warp feature on my computer of which I was previously unaware. It seems to be activated only when I am involved in literary pursuits - writing, reading agent/author blogs, things like that. This feature causes my clocks to move at five to ten times normal speed.

2) How badly do I really need sleep? I've heard that a person can last at least three to four days without sleep before going psychotic. Is that true? And if it is, would psychosis help or hurt the creative process? Just askin'.

3) It's the coolest thing ever to be able to sit in front of the computer wearing sweats or pjs, surfing all manner of fascinating things on the net and call it research, or to let my imagination run and play at will and call it work. Am I right?

4) Who knew 'l' and 'y' were so evil when placed together at the end of a word?

5) Publishing type people are insanely helpful!

6) Janet Reid scares me. Don't get me wrong. I'd love to have her in my corner fighting for me and my work. But yikes. *shudders*

7) Speaking of agents extraodinaire, why did Nathan Bransford have to switch careers just when I was getting ready to query him? I'm sure it was nothing personal.

8) Seriously, how long am I going to feel the need to keep revising/editing? I get to be 'done' at some point, don't I?

9) How can my characters have such minds of their own when they exist solely in my mind and on my pages?

10) It seems I have lots more friends now that I have all the imaginary ones running around in my head.

??Any random thoughts you'd care to share?? The randomer, the better.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I can so relate. I wish I could sit in my pjs all day at my computer. Sadly, I have to keep my day job. I love the post.

Oh, and about the imaginary friends--I have so many new friends all the time! And they especially like to come out and play as I'm drifting off to sleep (you know the sleep that finally catches up to you after you've put off going to bed until 1AM.

Happy Writing!

Michael Offutt said...

You have so many questions here that it confuzzled my brain. I was going to pick out one to answer and then realized I'm really not qualified to answer any of them. :/

I'll just say I liked reading your blog. :)) Have a great day!

Jolene Perry said...

Let me just second EVERYTHING you said!