Camp NaNoWriMo Day 5
After almost having my car rear-ended during a rare outing today, I found myself feeling especially like a writer as I tried to explain what happened to family.
Of course, I had to make sure there was some exposition in there, and include some internal and external conflict – all the typical things. Then when I tried to say that the other car swerved onto the shoulder, somehow the only word that would come to mind was “footer.” Kind of a weird view to have of a roadway. “Margin” would have worked, too.
It got me thinking: there are a lot of things writers do or say that are dead giveaways of their writerly perspectives…
Things Writers Do When They’re Not Noveling
- Accidentally type “write” instead of “right” in every school essay
- Think how that patch of clouds really does look like a semicolon
- Automatically start that written assignment with “Chapter 1”
- Narrate the breakfast routine
- Leave a conversation early to write down a really great phrase they said
Car comes screeching by Halfway down the eighty-five Near-miss in the margins