Monday, July 1, 2013

HOW DO WRITERS KNOW WHEN THEY NEED A VACATION? From Guest Author Larry Timm




It's a pleasure to have Larry Timm as my blog guest.  FYI: WIP is "Work in progress."

DO YOU NEED TO GET AWAY?

By Larry Timm

Hey, even writers need a vacation. No matter how much we love something, we sometimes need a break from it. Here are the Top 10 Signs You Need a Break from Writing. If any of these describe you, put your hands above your head and back away from your WIP slowly.

TOP 10 SIGNS YOU NEED A BREAK FROM WRITING:
#10:  You are stalking someone so you can eventually interview them and ask them how it felt.
# 9:  You refer to your spouse as "the antagonist I'm currently married to."
# 8:  Your best friend cries on your shoulder and shares a terrible problem they're having in their life, and all you can say is, "Ohhhhhhh, this will make a great inciting incident in my book!"
# 7:  When you go on vacation, you pack a suitcase for each of your main characters.
# 6:  One of your children interrupts you with a question, and you say, "And what chapter are you in?"
# 5:  You dial 9-1-1 and say, "I need to see how fast you can get here! ready? Go! Hurry, this is research, lady!"
# 4:  When you're in jail for repeatedly calling 9-1-1 for research (see #5), you scare the beejeebers out of your cell mates by telling them how you once used a flip-flop to kill a man, and then disposed of his body with a wood-chipper...and you forget to tell them it's fiction...or was it?
# 3:  You let one of your favorite characters die and then refuse to speak to yourself for a week.
# 2:  You realize that you just dictated the last six chapters of your book into your electric razor. (And now your chin is bleeding).
# 1:  You run up to the poor kid mowing your lawn and scream, "I said to leave one inch margins, moron!"
Soooooo, anyone (else) need a break? :)


Larry W. Timm is a Husband, dad, preacher and writer. He's a member of ACFW and is currently the chapter president of the ACFW Southcentral Kansas Chapter that meets in Wichita, Kansas.  He was a double semifinalist in ACFW's GENESIS contest in 2012 & 2013. You can follow Larry's blog at www.larrywtimm.com  Larry invites you to go "Like" his Author Page at www.facebook.com/larrywtimm & you can follow him on Twitter at @larrywtimm