Jun 8, 2012

Strange Writerly Things

A few days ago I sat down and really started researching a disease.  See, I knew that this character had a disease and it had to have certain qualifications - she had to be born with it, it couldn't progress too quickly for my timeline in the story, it had to have an impact on her life but still allowed her to live a life.

It took me a while reading through medical reports and blogs to find just what I was looking for - tricuspid atresia.

And then I did what any reasonable author does - I celebrated that such a thing did in fact exist because it makes my writing from here on out SO. MUCH. EASIER.

Yes, I'm celebrating a disease.

So, let's play a fun game in the comments - You know you're a writer when...

Mine from this week -
You know you're a writer when you celebrate the existence of a disease.

You know you're a writer when you have to show great restraint in not correcting the your usage in a friend's facebook status.

C'mon - it's the weekend.  Share the crazy funny things that make you know you're a writer :)



24 comments :

Dianne K. Salerni said...

You know you're a writer when you have a house party and none of the guests even bat an eye at seeing a book called "Deadly Doses, A Guide to Poisons" on your coffee table.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

When I start mentally correcting the bad grammar in public signs. Don't they have a QC person?

Michelle Gregory said...

you correct spelling and punctuation in books, and you claim that hanging around pinterest is book inspiration.

Leslie Pugh said...

You know you're a writer when you find yourself critiquing the book you purchased for your eight year old girl because it's lacking in conflict and tension. Good thing she loved the book though!

Andrew Leon said...

I had to have a debilitating illness for a side character in House on the Corner. Of course, why won't become apparent for a few books.

I have to ignore other people's grammar. I've had to since high school.

McKenzie McCann said...

When you want to scream and start hitting things because the internet doesn't know the origins of the bagot goat.

When you feel like apologizing for using the wrong you're/your on IM.

Joshua said...

...when you hear the dialogue of children's programming and fight yourself against shouting out glaring plot holes.

Hildred said...

Same thing happened when I needed a character to just have gotten over well, easily gotten over breast cancer. It had to be a part of her medical background but not affect her present life hardly at all. That was a fun day of research.

L.G.Smith said...

You know you're a writer when you try to guess the next plot turn in a book or movie, and high-five yourself when you get it right.

Simon Kewin said...

When you wake up in the middle of the night with your characters arguing in your head ...

welcome to my world of poetry said...

As a poetry writer I knew I was a writer when someone stopped and asked if I was going to write another book.

Yvonne.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to you. I'm not so sure I should congratulate your character though. lol

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

LOL. I had to show great restraint this week at school when a teacher sent an email with two mistakes with the 'your, you're.' Guess I'm a writer.

Kelley Lynn said...

You know you're a writer when you get told your work just isn't good enough for the forth time this week but you keep plowing on with the same work anyway. :0 haha

Ink in the Book said...

You know you are a writer when people can feel you staring at them. What? Don't you do it too? Where do you think I come up will all my character quirks, slang words, body movements....
Great post. I thought it fit me perfectly:)

Tara Tyler said...

when you're at a party and want to liven up the same old conversations...my friends are boring characters!

Peggy Eddleman said...

You know you're a writer when you use all our crazy acronyms/phrases, and your kids know exactly what you're talking about.

Leigh Covington said...

LOL! You're so funny!
Hmmm...I've got nothing Tasha! Nothing! How lame am I today? Hmmm... how about your know you've got a reading problem when you spend the rest of your much needed grocery money on books?

Does that count?

Nicole said...

I just did that same thing a few months ago for one of the characters in my WIP. ;) It does feel a bit strange to celebrate stuff like that.

Emily R. King said...

You know you're a writer when you think of a vicious crime and are excited to write every gory detail. :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

When you start hearing voices in your head, and that's a good thing. :)

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Disease? What fun! I’ve been ‘sick’ for five years now, and I just found out (after going to several doctors and searching, testing, searching, etc…), that I have three diseases (in addition to one I already knew I had). So yeah, I know I’m a writer because I got excited that now I had a new element to add to my characters!
~Aidyl

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Disease? What fun! I’ve been ‘sick’ for five years now, and I just found out (after going to several doctors and searching, testing, searching, etc…), that I have three diseases (in addition to one I already knew I had). So yeah, I know I’m a writer because I got excited that now I had a new element to add to my characters!
~Aidyl

Rachel Frost said...

You know you're a writer when you start using the language of your books!

...What? I find myself cursing in Ersjaran sometimes, got a problem with that?