Lately, there’s been a extreme amount of writing going on in my life. I decided earlier this year that December would be the time I turned down on the photography dial and gave the second book in the Twisted Trilogy a little TLC. I’ve been working on Twisted Abandon for a little over 2 years, and it’s been one ride of my life. Like the first book, there’s a lot of emotion, craziness, and “and the plot thickens..” moments in it. I had to take some time to really put it down and think about where it was going. But that’s not the coolest thing about being a writer. Let me tell you the coolest thing about being a writer.
First, Let’s Set the Tone.
Okay. Picture yourself as a short, red mohawk having girl who is working on her third novel. You’re afraid. You want everything to come out perfect. You’ve turned into a semi-recluse. What do you do? Do you embrace the recluse or do you try to break out of it? If you pictured yourself as me, I’ll tell you what you’d do. You’d go drown yourself in the mist of people because people watching is one of the reasons Twisted became so easy to write. You learn from other people. Not all of your lessons can be taught solely by yourself. Click To Tweet That!
So, I started spending a lot of time out. I went out with friends or sometimes by myself and I’d chill in the one place I was bound to find inspiration. Starbucks. I was there everyday! Peppermint mochas are back, my seat by the window was never taken, and when in doubt I could always take my drink to go. It got hectic. It got beyond hectic. I would stop at Starbucks an hour before shoots and hammer out a chapter right there while waiting for my drink. My motivation was fueled by the noises around me, and I could just glance at someone and feel their aura. I could connect that aura to a character’s emotions in a particular scene and nail 500 words in the twenty-five seconds it took for them to call my name.
Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But that’s still not the coolest thing about being a writer. No. The coolest part is what happened when I realized that I was drinking too much coffee. Yeah, there’s a such a thing.
Uh oh, now what?
I burned out.
I couldn’t write anymore. I was stuck at a pivotal scene and it was pretty much over for me. I went home and sat in my room for days wondering if I had developed an addiction. IF I did, had it been to the people or to the caffeine? Just when I was about to give up, I took to my favorite website Lifehacker for advice. Though I didn’t find anything about being addicted to high priced coffee shops, I did find one thing.
What’s Songza? It’s a lot like Spotify only less mainstream known. Your playlists are separated into four categories: genre, activity, mood, and decade. I clicked on “Activities” and lo and behold… “Reading in a cafe,” was listed. I clicked it, hit play, and started zoning out. It was a playlist full of the last 7 days of things I’d been hearing in Starbucks… Every single song I’d idly heard whilst staring at the people around me was playing in my ears.
So what’s the Coolest Part about being a writer?
I closed my eyes and pretended I was in a coffee shop. The people I was staring at were my characters. I pictured how they’d all gotten to be sitting in the same coffee shop with me. My imagination had it all figured out from what they were wearing to what they ordered. For the entire time, I wouldn’t have known I was in my bedroom because it was all so vivid. I could smell the coffee, I could hear the chatter, and all it took was something as small as what plays faintly on the radio.
That’s the great thing about being a writer.
Your imagination is intense. You can literally will yourself into the place where writing comes so freely. You can hide there and make memories that were created by your own brain. I used to do it all the time when I was little. I would picture little fan fiction things and I would whisk myself away to this world I made up.
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