Friday, 12 February 2010
You know you’re a writer when…
Reading Jackie’s "What Would An Alpha Male Do? blog post (a hilarious but unfortunate incident at a restaurant) prompted me to re-muse on random moments we all have as writers. Well, moments I've had in my writing life, if I'm honest, but it was a relief to know I wasn't alone.
Wait, I digress.
I have a long commute to work (hour and half most days. Each way). And as an avid people watcher, (I make no apologies for this, for it is all in the name of research), I have constructed many a scene by letting my imagination run riot.
Some of those moments have involved some unlikely scenarios – girl with spider tattoo on her foot prompted an arachnophobic heroine trapped in a bathroom full of spiders who needs rescuing by a hero who happens to be passing outside her window when she screams. Hmmm, that story is still in stasis.
But I've had other moments when I’ve had a thought, shaken my head and said to myself, “only a writer will think like that!”
Here are a few examples:
A stunning woman with crutches struggling up a long staircase. Cue - what would my hero do? Would he sweep her off her feet and carry her up? Convince to stop in the middle, share his freshly-bought Starbucks coffee while they get to know each other? Or just stomp past her because he's sworn off women since...(insert preferred woman-hating scenario here)
Seeing another equally stunning woman wearing tight jeans (cue insane jealousy on my part) and wondering whether my hero would be repelled or attracted.
Seeing a man and woman walking side by side but not quite touching or looking at each other and wondering if they've had an argument/are secret lovers/are at the end of their relationship and wondering how to resolve that particular conflict.
So…have you had moments like these? I’d love to know!
Or if you've written a book based on such random thoughts, let us know. I love a great read!
Happy reading and writing.