December 25th, 2013

You Know You’re a Writer If . . .

I’m between books. Which is to say that I took two days to clean up everything on my ‘to do’ list, and today I’m diving into plotting my next book.

Yeah, right. Everyone who follows WITS knows I’m an inveterate pantser. Well, I’m turning over a new car (this is way harder than a leaf). The Book From Hell I just completed has convinced me there’s GOT to be a better way.

So I was avoiding, wasting time, researching how to change my process, and lo and behold, there was a squirrel. Oh, look!

I'm this fluffy after the stress of The Book From Hell

I’m this fluffy after the stress of The Book From Hell

I know, I know, I’ll get back to the process thingy, but this is really cool!

I ran across a link I’d saved in my “Inspiration” folder (See? I was working.) Ann Mulligan’s blog had a list of author quotes, each completing the sentence,

“You know you’re a writer if . . .”

Here’s a sampling of quotes from her hilarious post:

… you talk about your characters over the dinner table and your husband has the nerve to tell you they’re not real people. ~ Mindy Obenhaus

… you go through keyboards like a pre-teen boy goes through socks. ~ Michelle Griep

… you eavesdrop at funerals. ~ Bonnie Calhoun

… your local police look at you funny because you’re always asking how crimes are committed. – Deborah Anderson

… when your husband’s bargaining chip for a new rifle is you get to go to a writer’s conference.  ~ Ane Mulligan

Mine?

…When you travel to the area where you set your small town series, and you want to stop in and say, ‘Hey’ to your characters. No, seriously.

…When your hubby tells you about a conversation you and he had, that you have no recollection of.

…You go to the baby names book more than a woman who’s giving birth to sextuplets.

What about you? Put yours in the comments. Come on people, I need distraction um . . .

Cover Nothing Sweeter

The second book in Laura’s Sweet on a Cowboy series, Nothing Sweeter, releases January 28th.

But you all know how important pre-sales are to rankings, right? I’m just saying…

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