Tuesday, July 19, 2011

10 Signs of a Bad Writing Day

10. You've been transcribing your handwritten draft and a glance at the computer screen tells you you've just typed 5 pages of gobbledegook since your hands were one key over the entire time.

9. Your coffee is cold.

8. You've given two characters the same name.

7. A character is in two places at once. And no, he/she does not have magical powers.

6. Thinking cold coffee is better than no coffee, you pick up your mug to discover a bug doing the backstroke. Hopefully, you make this discovery before you've swallowed.

5. If you write mysteries, you realize you've given three characters the same motive.

4. You decide to purge and replace your usual suspects of over-used words. Your first search comes up with over 1,000 hits.

3. You just spent ten minutes watching the dust motes float in the air. No, you weren't thinking about your story - you were watching dust motes.

2. You emit an ear-splitting primal scream, causing your cat to attempt to attach itself to the ceiling. He returns to the floor with cold revenge flickering in his eyes. Be afraid.

1. You empty the bug swimming pool of coffee and get yourself a fresh cup. You spill it. And now, you're out of coffee.


  1. #9 is a bad day. That means I have to get my butt off my chair and make more coffee.

  2. Elspeth - Yup; that's a bad writing day. Especially the one about the bug drinking my coffee. No wonder we type gobbledygook if bugs are stealing our Elixir of Life like that!

  3. OMG If I'd known you were visiting I'd have cleaned up a little.
    #2 -- I have know cat but know for a a fact a Beagle will howl til it's heart slows down. Then it will ignore you the rest of the day.

  4. Clarissa; I drink it cold. Not because I'm tough, but because I'm lazy.

    Margot; Don't trust bugs. Trust me. I'm not a bug. That you know.

    Mary; That is a fantastic description! It made me giggle. Thanks.

  5. I also drink my coffee cold. I mean, it starts being hot but I drink it slowly. I don't mind.
    Bad writing day, eh? Mine has been mysteriously good. I'm wondering how posting a comment to your blog is going to go though - since I changed servers. We'll see. Just in case, it is Jan Morrison.

  6. omigod it worked. Now I just want to stay here and comment all day. But I won't. Because it is bad enough having a bad writing day without a pesky insane poster.

  7. Jan; I have a habit of forgetting the coffee across the room. Sad, I know. Actually, today has not been such a bad writing day for me - and you can post all the comments you want, my friend. I send you hugs and encouragement from the west coast!

  8. Cold coffee is normal. Especially up here where nothing stays hot long. But a bad writing day is better than a non-writing day. Any day.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  9. Terry; Do you really think that? Although I have guilt for not writing, I enjoy my non-writing days.


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