Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Effects of Writing

Writing is a way of life. Seriously, though. I have a number of writing-related quirks I've acquired over the years. 

  • I always carry a pencil and paper. I like to be prepared, and it actually comes in quite handy. Like when the worship team leader at church needs to fix the chords on worship songs or add an omitted verse.
  • I've become a bit obsessed with little notebooks. I have many, but I'm always seeing more that I want. Of course, I'm too cheap to buy them myself, so I acquire them through birthdays and Christmas.
  • Word count! I actually blame Month of the Novel for this one, as it introduced me to the concept of NaNoWriMo, and inspired me to keep track of my word count. Even on paper. And sometimes I get so focused on word count I forget about quality. Oops. :P
  • I analyze just about everything I read or watch in terms of literary quality. This can get annoying, but it's fun too. I like to analyze plot lines and character development and dialogue and all sorts of things. It makes it hard to take stories at face value, but who wants to do that anyway?
  • When I get excited about a place I'm visiting or a subject I'm learning about, it makes me want to write a story. Actually, I can't seem to get excited about much without wanting to write about it.
  • Being able to use italics on my phone and edit Word documents on my kindle fire is cause for celebration. Seriously, those discoveries made me ridiculously excited.
  • I have a really rough time not writing. Like, it makes me grumpy if I don't have a project or am fighting with a polystoikhedron, and I feel empty and directionless.
  • I carry the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in my purse. Yes, this is directly related to writing. See, I had eleven-year-old Charles Watson of Across the Stars carry a booklet containing both in his back pocket, and since we have plenty around the house and I wanted to make it realistic, I stuck one in my purse, and it's been there ever since. And it's actually come in handy. :) 

Thursday, November 10th
· Book Review at Scattered Journal Pages
· Author Interview at The Overactive Imagination
· Author Interview at The Epic Place
· Character Interview at Books, Braids, and Born Again ~ Jonathan Hubbard
· Character Interview at HOPE Through the Pages ~George Hubbard

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