Thursday, January 5, 2012

10 Things I do Differently as a Writer

I was thinking the other day, as I was reading a book, that even if I never wrote another word of prose ever again, that it's too late--I am already in too deep, that the thought process of being a writer has absorbed too completely into my pores. For example: 1. When I get a new book, the first thing I do is read the Acknowledgments page to see who the author's agent is (and whether or not I ever queried them!) 2. I can't stop mentally correcting people's grammar... (sorry Facebook friends, but you're means YOU ARE and your means, well...your. Also a lot is NOT spelled alot. Sigh) 3. When I read,and come across a phrase or description I admire, I jot it down on a notebook for future writing reference. 4. I stalk publishing houses (wondering if they'd be good fit for my book) like other people lurk on 5. When I drive, I have little Post-its handy so I can jot down good dialogue that comes into my mind at stoplights. 6. I read for work, not just pleasure. 7. I can't watch a movie without looking for things like these: conflict, thematic imagery, act one,act two, climax, etc... . 8. I always think the book is better than the movie. 9. Instead of telling my husband, "Not tonight, honey. I have a headache," I say, "Not tonight--I haven't met my word count yet!" 10. And finally, instead of dreaming of winning the lottery, I dream of seeing my book on a bookstore shelf. ...What are your top ten?