Is it just me, or do people think writers are really weird?
Point and case:
“…and then, (insert character name here) just turned on him. And I was like ‘whaaat’?!”
“Wait, who’s (character name)? I don’t know anyone by that name.”
“Oh, s/he’s my newest character.”
“…But don’t you control what they do?”
Silly normal person! They should know better, right? Which is why we have friends that are also writers because we can talk like that with them and they UNDERSTAND! This is why it is important to have those friends. (Also point and case, my friend Amy L. Sauder has a blog where she is asking her characters how to solve life’s problems. You should check it out.)
Another dilemma: our overexuberant love for notebooks and pens. We see the aisle, we get distracted, we come home with fourteen sacks full of writing tools. It’s a thing, and I know I’m not the only one who does it. I have it narrowed down to the best kind of pen and the perfect width of lined paper.
Still more writerly quirks: Our excessive and often unfettered adoration for all things both lyrical and well-writ.
To be honest, I can probably blame Shakespeare for this one. I love to write with big words and in Old English. I understand the meaning of words such as “anon”, “Heretofore”, and “wherewithal”. Seriously, I sometimes read Shakespeare’s plays for fun. Because I love them. Call me crazy, do what you will, but it’s true. (Shout out to “Much Ado About Nothing”, especially Beatrice’s “if I were a man” speech. And the “dear lady disdain” argument! Anyway, moving on.)
I’ll write about one more insane quirk. Here it comes… The things we’ll do for research.
“Why are you jumping out of a plane with a parachute full of holes?”
“… … … -shrug- Research.”
“Is that a leech in your refrigerator?”
“No, don’t touch that!”
We are worse than Sherlock Holmes when it comes to research experiments. We will subjugate ourselves to terrible pain and sorrow to find out what it’s going to be like for the characters we love so dearly. Oh, and did I mention that the more you love that character, the more you torture them (and, by proxy, yourself)?
Some wacky (not as bad as the examples) things I’ve done for research:
1. Googled “how to make a bomb”, “how to make poison look like an accident”, “how to commit the perfect crime”… seriously, if anyone looks at my Google history, it will be questionable.
2. Stood on the edge of a table to see how it feels to be on the edge of a roof.
3. Used Nerf guns to try out a theory I had for a fight scene. (My brother was the guinea pig)
4. Played with knives in the kitchen.
5. Other extraneous questionable methods.
So, writers are weirdoes. So what? Be weird. Do the zany stuff that makes you stand out. One day people will speak of your genius! (Again, I’ve been watching Shakespeare)
What crazy things have you done in the name of research?
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