Top Ten Things Writers Do that are Seen as Odd

Cyri
Sometimes, when writing a story, things go well. Other times, things go wrong. What you can always count on, though, are things that some might think are strange.

The Top Ten

1 They see their characters as real people, but confined within the walls of the mind and page

Because I am a man who makes tainted mistakes that I highly regret so much that I want to forget my illusion mindset, which I'm not delusional anymore, but a man who hates Jeffrey, a teen who is struggling is anger issues, and mostly of all, I believe that I don't like hate that I like all of the people around me, but my anger encrypted of who I am and it's not my fault I have anger issues I don't know if I've been abused or not(I didn't respond because I was busy)- Kevinsidis

Alright, we get it. Now can we end this petty conflict while you'll let it reach a conclusion? - Cyri

I would've said it nice to you, which I am always a nice guy when I am not angry which I tend to be angry sometimes nowadays, but this mistake is too ludicrous to be in the limelight that's why...- Kevinsidis

Hey Kevin, you've contradicted yourself so many times it's hard to tell if you are actually being honest. How was I to know if that was true? - Cyri

*But a man who hates Jeffrey less*- Kevinsidis

Have you not see my correction I said I hated Jeff less since over a month ago, and it already ended since 2onths ago.- Kevinsidis

I did, and I JUST COMMENTED ON IT. Now would you stop it and get it into your head that this is over? - Cyri

2 They find that their world and characters are quite prominent in their dreams

Sometimes I dream about my characters; they can wake me up an ungodly hour, and I have to write the dream in my journal there and then, or I fear of losing a potentially good piece forever. - Britgirl

3 They are able to tell what another writer was feeling when writing a story

This entry comes from when I was reading Wings of Fire book 5. It was around then that I truly saw myself as a writer, and all of a sudden, I saw past the page, and into what the author felt while writing. It's kind of like empathy: I was able to understand what they felt, but not through reading expression and vocal tone. Rather, it was through how happy or dark the book was. When any book I read from then on got sad, for example, I remembered losing one of my own characters, and could tell that they, too, were sad while writing the scene. See my list entry for how characters can seem like real people for a basic explanation for why the writer was sad. - Cyri

I found this with Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. It was written so cleverly, that it seemed more of a journey of her thought process and open emotions. It seemed more of a biography of the author rather than her main character. - Britgirl

4 They write at odd hours

I'm often up late. Or early, if you're looking at the AM/PM time system. - Cyri

If inspiration hits and I get a "eureka" moment at 5.13 A.M. I can't help but go with it. I write at all times. Mainly though, I like to set a time to sit down and write - usually around 7 A.M. - Britgirl

5 They look at the small, unneeded details in everything
6 They see reality as a template
7 They rewrite things many times over

If a piece I've written doesn't sound right when I read it out loud, I rewrite it until it feels right. - Britgirl

8 They push on, despite knowing that their project may not be excellent

Great list, Cyri. I find I can't leave any piece of writing unfinished; even if I leave it to "cool" for weeks at a time, I'll always go back to it and usually find that after the break, I see it with new eyes and I'm able to carry on. - Britgirl

9 They remake the same thing many times, only to get it right once

Drafts are great. - Cyri

10 They write characters that are totally unlike them

It's fun writing characters that differ completely from your own character. I love writing in the viewpoint and 'voice' of rather bolshie, loud and arrogant males, or cunning and manipulative females. It's just fun experimenting with different styles and viewpoints, and seeing how far you can stretch your imagination. It's a most satisfactory feeling when you feel you've accomplished it. - Britgirl

Can you imagine me writing a character with no qualms about killing others if they are in the way, or even if she's bored? (Yes, there is a story for her) - Cyri

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