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PostSubject: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:10 am

While at the "Guilty Pleasures" thread, the full realization of how book-obsessed I am came to light, which led me to thinking how writers might have a few things in common.

You might be a novelist if...

-your interest in books supercedes your interest in fashion.

-you sometimes prefer the people in your own imagination to the people your own real life.

-you confuse others by talking about your characters like they're real people.

-you hear music that isn't particularly to your taste but think, "my character would love this song!"

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:34 am

-You have a "magic pen."

-Your favorite pastime (other than writing) is eavesdropping or people-watching to find good snatches of dialogue for your new story.

-You have no idea who Paris Hilton is, but you know everything there is to know about Nathaniel Hawthorne.

-You own 44 books about how to write a novel (actually, I think I have 45, but one of them seems to have gone missing).

-You spend more time with fictional people than "real" ones. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:34 am

excellent (and is it scary that i almost have all of them)

- you go shopping and all you want to do is get to the bookshop and skip the clothes shops

- get excited by the newest release table

- spend hours designing book covers that will never be used

- write in journals, imagining that someday your great-great graddaughter will sell them for millions Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:48 pm

LOL I have to stop!!

-when someone says "new release" in regards to movies/games/music/etc, you jump in the conversation talking about authors and books

-you've ever thought someone reminded you exactly of a fictional character

-you get a fantastic idea for your wip or a new story, but it's at some weird moment so you use anything you can find to write it down (napkin, the back of a receipt, a pamphlet in the doctor's office for prevention and cures of horrible ailments etc etc etc)

-procrastination. It's your modus operandi

Ok I have a picnic to go to... I knew coming out of lurkdom would have consequences!!
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:55 pm

- your mobile phone (cell) is full of notes which you didn't have a pen and paper to take down

- you carry around a mini journalist notebook and pen, which your friends always look at strangely

- you wish you had a writer mug

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:04 pm

-You DO have a writer mug.

-You're reading this list and nodding.

-Your favorite shirt says "Careful or you'll end up in my novel."

-Your biggest pet peeves are all related to poor grammar.

-You are a member of the WC.

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:08 pm

- i like that last one Smile

- your seriously thinking of stealing neil gaimon's library!!


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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:21 pm

*Falls down dead.* ME WANT.

-There is a stack of books in your room, all of which are over 75 years old.

-You wish there was a perfume called "Ancient Books" so you could smell like your favorite thing in the world.

-Your motto is WWMMCD? (for What would my main character do?).

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:09 am

Great thread! How about...?

You are always listening to snippets of 'dialogue' in the street and in cafes, and analysing their syntax.

You can't read a novel without thinking about how the scenes are out together, and they way the author uses speech tags.

You dream about your characters.

Your nearest and dearest start to think your characters are real, too, and ask you at breakfast, 'How is So-and-So?'

You are glad of a traffic hold-up because it's a chance to get your notebook out and imagine.

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:14 am

I love all of these!!

Some more from me...

-You have seven versions of the same manuscript saved on your computer and forget which one is the "real" one.

-You write something brilliant, then think it's terrible, then think it's brilliant, then think it's terrible... self doubt and surging confidence have decided to move in together and they live in your brain!!

One of the following:
-You don't show your work to anyone. Ever. It's too scary. The work isn't ready. No one will understand it. Maybe after another round of revisions. Maybe never!!

-OR-
-You show your work everywhere you can! You need the feedback and if there's a person in your life willing to read it, they will get pages! You're a feedback junkie!!

-OR-
You show your possibly brilliant, possibly terrible wip to a select few and ask for the TRUTH. You advise them that it is definitely a ROUGH DRAFT, you barely had time to go over it so please don't expect much, actually it's basically steaming garbage... but please read it, and you want nothing less than brutal honesty!!

-Applied to the above: You don't nag the people about feedback but are desperately checking your inbox or forum every hour to see if they've read it.

-Also applied to the above: Deep down in the very most private part of you where the writing was probably born, you hope they say at least one thing about how potentially brilliant it is and maybe how it isn't completely terrible.
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:41 am

dianapaz wrote:
I love all of these!!

Some more from me...

-You have seven versions of the same manuscript saved on your computer and forget which one is the "real" one.

-You write something brilliant, then think it's terrible, then think it's brilliant, then think it's terrible... self doubt and surging confidence have decided to move in together and they live in your brain!!


eh this is soooo me, its SCARY!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:28 pm

I can relate to far too many of these. And here's a couple more:

-You have in depth conversations with your main character while you take your morning walks, while you're fixing breakfast, while you're in the shower (rather awkward)

-Your main character starts arguing with you over how you've written certain parts of "his story"

-You have brilliant ideas while out on your morning walks, which you rush home to faithfully transcribe only to discover that you only remember some weak abstraction of your epiphany
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:01 pm

The Sesquipedalian wrote:
-You have in depth conversations with your main character while you take your morning walks, while you're fixing breakfast, while you're in the shower (rather awkward)

What's even more awkward is when all of your characters gang up on you and demand to know why you wrote a certain scene in that way when it was supposed to be this way and ask why on Earth you've decided to take the story in this direction and, dear God, why can't you put off your homework and work on their story, oh, and by the way, we've got this new character we want you to bring in, can you interview him now...on and on it goes...all while you're in the shower. Neutral

- When you can honestly say something like the above has happened to you. Heh.
- When you have entire conversations with your characters in the middle of math class and realize, oh crap, you've been saying the ENTIRE CONVERSATION out loud. (Embarassing, I'll tell you that.)
- When you never have to stop and think about what to add to this thread, you just throw out everything that's happened to you in the last week and a half.

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:02 pm

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-You have brilliant ideas while out on your morning walks, which you rush home to faithfully transcribe only to discover that you only remember some weak abstraction of your epiphany

same goes for dreams, train rides and bus journeys - even when you have pen and paper with you!! i wish they'd invent something that record your mind!!

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:21 pm

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What's even more awkward is when all of your characters gang up on you and demand to know why you wrote a certain scene in that way when it was supposed to be this way and ask why on Earth you've decided to take the story in this direction and, dear God, why can't you put off your homework and work on their story, oh, and by the way, we've got this new character we want you to bring in, can you interview him now...on and on it goes...all while you're in the shower. Neutral


Have you invited my characters into your story, Novel? My main character can get downright surly about the way I've chosen to write certain scenes and lately I'm finding that more and more he's getting his way and I'm giving in...
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:23 pm

Emily, I tried recording some of my thoughts on my cellphone as I walked but I did a lot of ums and uhs and ended up deleting most of them. It just didn't work for me. It really would be more helpful to just download the thoughts to a recorder.
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:21 pm

Oh wow, I tried using the recorder feature on my phone once and when I went back to listen to my notes the sound of my voice made me want to pitch the phone against the wall. I can't even stand my own voice mail greeting.
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:37 pm

Oh i don't use a voice recorder Laughing my own voice - eek-. On my nokia i use the calender function which lets you make notes of meetings/memos - i use that purely to take notes if i don't have a pen. Makes fun to look back (most don't make sense )

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:45 am

I've written ideas down on my hand, so I think that trumps in the way of writing on what's available.

I also cry and laugh while I write... but I cry a lot. I always hope the husband doesn't wake up and find me crying over what I'm writing.
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:03 pm

Same here! My mother would come in and be like, "Are you alright?" and I'd be like, "Fine, fine!" as I turn my head away discretely to wipe away my tears. I can get so emotional sometimes when writing. @_@

I love the iTouch's notes function. I have like half-page notes of just ideas I had on the run. It's crazy.
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:44 am

aw i just have a normal nokia, no fancy notes but it does the job Laughing

you know your a writer when you spend over an hour on spazzle or cafepress looking at writer mugs - cause you know this will definitely help you write

or.

when come across mugs with fun things about each occupation (e.g. nurses) and are heartbroken when you can't find 'writer'

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:00 pm

Just one more...When your friends sit around showing pictures of their kids and telling cute pet stories, you tell them about the amazing thing your protagonist's pet panther did last night.
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:10 am

These are so fun Smile I like Anne's new picture thingy, btw.

Okay, another for me...

As you write, your mind "uses" a famous actor who looks exactly your character (not the other way around, of course).

Ooooh, another thread idea Smile
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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sat Oct 24, 2009 1:57 pm

* You have an inner narrator who constantly narrates everything you do.

* When you speak or somebody around you speaks, you see all the words spelled out like subtitles in your mind.

(Those both happen to me. And most of the time when I stutter when I speak, it's because I misspell the subtitles and have to go back to fix them. Heh.)

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PostSubject: Re: You *might* be a novelist...   Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:05 pm

Omg novel, I do the inner narrator thing ALL THE TIME! I once asked my husband if he did that too, and he thought it was completely nuts!! I'm glad to know someone else does that too Smile
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