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Thursday, August 04, 2016

7 Things #Writers Do ... Besides Write

There are times when life gets in the way of writing. Then there are times when our muse refuses to come out an play. So what's a writer to do? Here's what I do:

1. Read. It's all about story. Besides a good story, I learn from reading other author's books.

2. Take pictures. I drive around with my phone poised and ready. After all, I might capture something in the background that sparks a story. You'd be surprised what's going on in the distance.

3. Eavesdrop. We might hear something that sparks a story.

4. Bang my head. I admit my head against my keyboard when nothing comes. It's like my imagination has gone on vacation and forgotten to invite me along.

5. Make up memes about writing or reading. I have always loved to do craft projects. Making a meme is a digital craft project. I can call it marketing and procrastinate for hours.

6. Quiver in fear. Writers are an insecure lot. We're gelatinous blobs of quivering fear that the story well has dried up. We're hacks. We'll never come up with another salable story.

Hubs & me with Lord Graham
7. Share photos on Facebook. They say a photo is like 1,000 words, so I keep posting them to see if the words come. I've posted some in the hopes my life would look glamorous, when in reality, I'm home scrubbing toilets and sorting laundry like the rest of the world.

So, if you're a writer what do you do besides write?
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While a floppy straw hat is her favorite, novelist Ane Mulligan has worn many including pro-family lobbyist, drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Ane writes her Southern-fried fiction in Sugar Hill, GA, where she resides with her artist husband, chef son, and a dog of Biblical proportion.

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  1. I'm not a writer, but I enjoy creating memes. I am currently creating some memes for MaryLu Tyndall to help promote her upcoming release.

    1. I love memes! And I know you're a reader. 😊

    2. Well, I just took a 20 second video of an inch work inching. Go figure.

  2. Thank you for the confirmation. I am a writer. I hesitate to even mouth those words. I shake in my boots, take pictures, and occasionally put my thoughts on paper. It feels good to wear a writer's hat.

    1. I'm so glad you said the words, Cherrilynn. We need to remind ourselves that we are.

    2. Cherrilynn, I too have trouble uttering those words.

  3. When I'm not writing or reading I listen to books on my iPod. I've "read" more books that way than I'd ever have time to read paper and ink books. Besides, I can't read while I do dishes, scrub toilets, feed the cat, cook dinner, etc., but I can "read" with my ears for hours each day...

    1. Note to self: Get Audible! Tami, you're the second person today to mention audiobooks to me. 😀 I love the actress my publisher hired to do my Chapel Springs series.


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