Top 10 Guilty Indulgences For Writers–or The Catch 22 of Writing!
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Now let’s get on with it. What are my Top 10 Guilty Indulgences?
Right now, as I work toward the deadline of my new romantic suspense novel, ICE Blue, everything I do feels like an indulgence! Writers write because some masochistic thing inside us tells us we just love to create characters and stories, then sit for untold hours at a computer (thank God for computers, it makes it easier to do all those rewrites!) and hash out the words. Sometimes the words come easy, sometimes it’s like pulling a stubborn elephant out of a pool of quicksand…not that I’ve ever done that…but I can imagine…the thick, oozing, sucking sand…the gray, wrinkled elephant bleating in protest…oops, sorry, going astray. Ah, yes, that is one of the indulgences, letting the mind stray from the task at hand. So what are my top ten ways to indulge myself as trudge toward that deadline?
#10. This is the easy one. Ice Cream. I try not to have it every night!
#9. Chocolate. It’s a great reward after I complete a scene. Not only does it taste good, but the combination of sugar and caffeine gives the mind a boost to help it create that next scene, especially when it’s a love scene!
#8. Did I say love scene? Okay, writing love scenes isn’t exactly an indulgence, because they are an integral part of the novel, but one can get caught up in them! It is necessary to know when to stop trying to make the scene perfect, to enjoy it for what it is, and get on with the rest of the book! (Something that can be said for many things in life.)
#7. Sitting by the pool on a hot summer day. This has been a tough one to fight this summer. Lots of hot days.
#6. Sitting by the pool on a hot summer day and reading someone else’s awesome romance or suspense or romantic suspense novel. (Can I just say, inspiration?)
#5. Hitting the golf course for a quick round of 9, or even better, 18 holes. Yes, I am a golfer, I admit it. But it’s breathing fresh air, learning to meet the challenge of getting the ball into those silly holes in as few strokes as possible, and increasing my stamina–especially when it’s 97 degrees out. It will help me write better, honest! (You can see a pattern here by now, I’m sure—rationalization.)
#4. Oh yes, the mental wandering—thinking about a character, a scene, an idea that would be perfect in another book. Watching a person walk across the street and wondering what their story is, who is in their life, why are they here–why are they crossing this particular street at this particular time? It’s easy to let your mind wander to new material when you have to get the current WIP done.
#3. Facebook. EWWW. Total Indulgence! But I love catching up on family and friends and seeing all those pictures of the people I know and love doing very cool and sometimes not so cool things, especially the grandkids! Oops, did I say grandkids? Yup, I’ve got ‘em. But I’m not that old, really. (Would you believe I had kids when I was ten? Okay, maybe not!)
#2. And speaking of grandkids, this one fights with my #1 indulgence, and should probably be there, but my super big indulgence is spending time with my family, my husband, children, and grandkids. Teaching the one-and-a-half year old to hold and rock a baby doll and sing it to sleep, watching another sing in a choir, helping another learn to swim or ride a bike. And knowing when I do all these things, that I really don’t have time to load all those pictures up on Facebook to share. I have to write the book!
1#. Which brings us to: The Number One Guilty Indulgence For Writers, or The Catch 22 of Writing—The Writing Itself! When I am writing, getting the story down, working toward the deadline, sometimes as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, etc., the top indulgence feels like the writing itself. I am pouring so much time and effort into it, especially when I’m working toward a deadline, that I don’t have time for all those other things. But when the book is done, and it’s good, and those great reviews start coming in, it’s awesome!
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