Notes of a Dubious Nature

2013-01-02 08.01.09 I was cleaning up a little bit the other day and it occurred to me that family members of writers probably stumble on some pretty weird things.

Most writers I know have been asked the “Are you all right?” question when said writer is staring off into space. I do this a lot – and usually it’s because I’m writing in my head. Or playing out a scene between characters or whatever.

(Hmmm. What happens if I just make everyone naked?? Bet that ping-pong tournament gets way more interesting.)

It’s fairly common phenomenon, as are the google searches for things like how long takes someone to die after they’ve been run through with a sword.

Writers can be very scary people, yo.

I rarely write things down on paper – except when I get stuck. For this latest book, I’ve been writing things down like mad – which should probably tell you something about how much of a struggle it’s been. But sometimes jotting down ideas and questions frees thoughts up.

Like this lovely note in the picture. It says “So why not just kill them?” Followed by “Still people.” and “Mandate.”  Which makes perfect sense to me, but considering the note is sitting on a book on my nightstand, I imagine if the DH rolled over and saw that (or the kids, even)  – it might be a bit alarming.

(Incidentally, the book those notes are on is The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler – rather relevant to my interests for this new story, and really well done if you’re into working with archetypes and the Hero’s journey.)

Lucky for me, the DH is pretty used to fielding odd brainstorming sessions at strange hours of the night, so seeing a note like that doesn’t faze him in the slightest. (Being law enforcement means he also gets to deal with all sorts of police procedure inquiries, none of which have actually made it into a book yet. But you never know. *cough*)

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2 Responses to Notes of a Dubious Nature

  1. Bridget says:

    Sometimes I forget why I wrote the notes that I wrote. Those are the hardest ones to throw away because I always stop myself with “But what if I remember later and need this?”

  2. Shades says:

    Ah yes, I know of this, except I try to write anything down as soon as I can because my memory can be terrible.

    I usually have one pocket full of square notes, a small notepad, and another one in another pocket… and since I’m like this at work I kinda dread accidentally dropping some or all of the pieces of paper around my workplace and not noticing (because I don’t usually think of particularly nice or happy stories). I can’t imagine what one of my fellow workers might think if they were to pick up a note that talks about someone murdering his own kin and how good it feels for example.

    I’ve also found myself conducting similar google searches… and then there are the ones for art too, which can be worse. Like an ‘internal organs ripped out’ image search or something. The internet is such a wonderful tool for learning lots of information that would normally be useless, but is instead really handy if you like writing… or end up being stabbed with a sword one day (hopefully not).

    Fortunately I never have to worry about family members reading my notes, because I write so small (to fit as much as I can on the paper) that I’m usually the only one who can read the things. And I usually dump them all in one place.

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