Weird Writer’s Quirks

We as writers have probably each been called weird at least a few times. And it’s kind of true. But everyone is weird in their own special way. There is no shame in it. Here is a list of things that we as writers do that others may consider ‘weird’.

1. If someone is staring at you from the other side of the room and won’t stop, they are one of two things. A creepy stalker that you may want to get away from, or a writer. I am guilty of this. This is the time when you see someone who reminds you of your character and you can’t help but stare because YOUR CHARACTER IS SITTING RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!!!

2. If you’re in the middle of a conversation and all of a sudden, the person you’re talking to exclaims something really random that makes no sense, then runs off to write it down, he is probably a writer. I have done this on multiple occasions. One time it was during a video game with my brother, another time I was walking to the car through the Sam’s Club parking lot.

3. If you’re walking with your girlfriend in the park and all of a sudden a person next to you starts staring and giggling softly and trying to hide her joy, she’s probably not crazy, she’s just a writer and you remind her of the romantic pairing in her novel.

4. When you are sitting next to someone and they get very serious, intent, or start making whining noises, taking deep breaths, and making faces, they are either a little crazy, or a writer (even though those words basically mean the same thing). These emotions probably mean something intense is happening in their book at the moment and they CAN’T TAKE THE EMOTIONS!!!

5. One of the most awkward things with writing is having to tell to someone how you feel about your book, how you made your characters, how you got your town names and basically how you write and get your ideas. If you tell people the weird things about writing, people will probably think you are insane.

6. If you look at a person’s search history and it comes up with really creepy searches like ‘How to Maim Someone’, ‘How Long Does it Take to Freeze to Death’, ‘What Does it Feel Like to be Electrocuted’, ‘How to Rob a Bank’, chances are they are writers. I mean, he could be a serial killer or criminal but chances are he is a writer researching material for their next book.

7. If you see someone staring at their screen with tears streaming down their face (it’s happened to me before), they are probably a writer writing something really emotional and heart-wrenching, not emotionally unstable.

8. Writers love to talk about the fictional worlds and people they created. Please don’t be annoyed, we just really love our fictional things.

9. We have attachments to random things that, to other people, would just be normal, everyday objects but they are special to us because, in our story, our characters love them.

Those are just a few of the weird things writers do. If I told you all the weird things I do, it’d be too weird, so I’ll just stop here. If there are any writers reading this, feel free to tell me if you do any of these things too!

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#WriterLife Tag

Okay, so I know the #WriterLife tag is normally done in a video but I really liked the idea and I don’t do videos so I thought I would just answer the questions and have fun with it anyway (like this post if you’re a rebel like me 😃). Let’s get started.

1. Write Fuel: what do you eat or drink while writing- I like to drink hot chocolate and I don’t really eat a lot during writing. I guess my favorite thing to eat would probably be grapes and cheese. I don’t usually have this but I would love it if I did.

2. Write Sounds: what do you listen to while writing- There is this awesome website that I will link that I go to for music to listen to while I am writing. http://soundfuel.blogspot.com/p/the-directory.html I hope the link works but this is the website I go to for my writing music needs. Along with that I also use rainymood.com, which plays the sounds of a thunderstorm, and I just recently discovered coffitivity.com, which plays the sound of coffee shop. It may be a little weird but I also just turn on a YouTube video in the background and keep playing it over and over just to give some background noise. It helps a lot.

3. Write Vice: what’s your most debilitating distraction- Let’s be real here… the internet. I am so guilty of this one. The other day I was leaving my Twitter to open up my Google Docs word document and I accidently, without even realizing it, opened up Twitter again. Pinterest and YouTube are two of my other worst distractions.

4. Write Horror: what’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing- Okay, so this year I did NaNoWriMo for the first time (yay!) and I got Scrivener because they had a free NaNoWriMo trial and I had heard some good things about it so I thought, why not? I’ll tell you why not. I ended up finishing a book I had been working on for about a year and six months. Good right? Wrong. I ended up loosing all my work when my trial ended. Let’s just say I cried, and it was terrible. Luckily, I managed to get it copied and pasted to Google Docs before my trial ran out but let me tell you it was a nerve racking, super stressful experience.

5. Write Joy: what is the best thing that’s ever happened to you while writing or how do you celebrate small victories- The best thing that’s ever happened to me while writing? Hmmm. Everyone knows how awesome it is to finish a book but other than that I would have to say having other people read my work, enjoy it, and say nice things about my characters. I don’t think people realize how much that means to me. And how do I celebrate small victories? Fist pump, squeal, talk the ears off of my family about it, and jump around happily.

6. Write Crew: who do you communicate with, or not communicate with, while writing- Well, my parents of course and my siblings because they’re normally the only ones around but other than that, my amazing friend Alexa. I feel like she is the only person I know who really understands what it’s like to be a writer and doesn’t think I’m completely crazy.

7. Write Secret: what’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw- Well, I haven’t been exactly successful yet, I haven’t had anything published, but I have finished three novels and am working on my fourth. But my writing secret is to just trust yourself and your book and keep writing. Also I type really fast, which helps me get the first draft down. Having a word count goal helps too. Mine is at least 1000 words a day. My hidden flaw is that I am extremely skeptical about my own work and I put myself down a lot. Plus I’m scared of the idea of publishing. It’s just a little freaky to think of my book in stranger’s hands.

8. Write-spiration: what always makes you productive- Writing with other writers or telling other people about my writing goals. That way I feel an obligation to get it finished which is why I think NaNoWriMo worked so well for me.

9. Write Peeve: what’s one thing that writers do or you do, that’s annoying- When writers give up. Think about it. What is the one thing that all writers have in common? They never gave up. Neither should you.

10. Write Words: share one sentence from a project past or present- He came here a lot, most of the time because someone told him to. 

Hope you enjoyed and as long as I’m being a rebel I’m going to tag my friend Alexa. If you guys want to check out Alexa’s blog, here is the link. http://thatfangirl250.wordpress.com/

Tips on Writing Villains

Hey guys! Today I will be sharing a few tips on how to write good villains. Let’s get started.

1. Give your villain a reason. They are not puppets that go around causing trouble for the fun of it. Even the most terrible, cruel, hated villain has a reason for doing the things they do. It could be something as simple as they were bullied at school when they were younger and thinks it’s okay to do it someone else. Or it could be something bigger. It doesn’t matter.

2. Your villain is a person, not a cardboard cut out. Give him hopes, dreams, maybe even a person he loves. Make him as intricate and thought out as your protagonist. Don’t make him flat. You have to love him if you want your readers to love him.

3. Give him likeable qualities. I’m not saying he has to go around being a model citizen or anything, but make sure he isn’t all gloom and doom. Show his soft side. Maybe he has a sibling that he cares about? He could be the most oppressing dictator there is and still care about animals. Show the side of him that can’t stand animal cruelty.

4. Give him morals. This ties in with the animal cruelty thing mentioned above. He could be an assassin, highly trained in his arts, but when sent to kidnap a child he won’t do it. Or maybe he won’t fight an unarmed man.

5. No monologue! Oh yes. We all know that speech the villain gives at the climax. As the hero is dragged up to him and chains, he looks down on him and says, “aha! Now I have you! There is no chance of escape! As long as you’re here and I’m going to kill you anyway, let me tell you the details of the plan you failed to foil!” No. Stop there. Delete it all. This is not a good idea. First of all, if the villain is at all smart he would know that there is a chance the hero will escape and then have all the details of the plan. And, it gives more time for the secondary character to get there and rescue them.

6. I just recently learned about this one. Give your villain a backup plan. I hadn’t really thought about it before but your hero always has a backup plan. Why shouldn’t the villain? What was he doing all those years while plotting his revenge? Surely he had time to think up a plan B.

7. The stereotypical dumb henchmen. Why would the villain hire these people in the first place? Instead of hiring minions that the hero can destroy in only a few moments, or guards who fall asleep on the job, he should hire people who give the hero a run for his money.

I hope these tips help and, as always, happy novel writing!