I’ve been working on wrapping up edits on my story for 2020 while brainstorming future stories. Which means I’ve been living inside my author head lately. And I thought maybe you’d get a kick out of taking a peek inside . . .
- When an author appears to be listening to you intently she’s probably really noting your eye color, hair color, and expressions for a future character.
- OR she might be noting any distinguishing characteristics (moles, birthmarks, tattoos) in case you were to be kidnapped or otherwise need to be identified. Well, not YOU, a character LIKE you.
- Quiet moments during dinners out probably mean the author is eavesdropping on the couple behind you to pick up some great dialogue.
- Although we really are interested in knowing more, all those in-depth questions about your job, that problem at work, or your favorite hobby MIGHT be related to research for a new book.
- When we agree to watch football it’s so we can read player’s jerseys for future character names. Wilson Lockett . . . hey, that’s pretty good!
- Staring into space is NOT daydreaming. We’re plotting. Plotting STORIES. Stop being so paranoid.
- When an author suddenly jumps to her feet while saying, “Oh my goodness, that’s PERFECT!” She’s just figured out how to kill off a character while totally making the reader think it was someone else.
- Don’t check our Google search history. It’ll make you uneasy.
- Dogs are our muses. Okay, maybe that’s mostly me, but I write better when my dog is in the room.
- And the last thing you need to know about what’s going on inside a writer’s head is that we’re often second-guessing ourselves. Wondering if the story’s any good. Hoping SOMEONE will read what we wrote. Praying what we meant to tell the world is communicated in a way that makes sense.
So if you like what a writer writes–tell her! Write a review. Send an email. Recommend the story. We’re all alone inside our heads here–give us a wave!