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Author and poet Dawn Colclasure

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Top 10 signs you're in the zone during novel revisions

1. You accidentally call people by your characters' names.

2. You stumble around the house at odd hours of the night, while everybody is asleep, sleepily mumbling a jumble of words.

3. You get up in the morning, write, start up the coffee, write, get the kids up for school, write....

4. Post-It notes and scraps of paper with scene ideas and notes are scattered all over your desk.

5. You keep misspelling words while you type.

6. Two words: Writer's cramp.

7. You try to have a COHERENT conversation with people, but anything that doesn't involve writing or your story leaves you confusedly mumbling.

8. You wake up in the morning and wonder why you're in the wrong room and a certain someone isn't with you (or why they ARE!), until you remember that's in your story and not real life.

9. You wonder why the computer stops working and the lights won't come on, until you FINALLY remember the electric bill that you forgot to pay.

10. You put off writing OTHER things, like a certain "top 10" list.


  • At 3:47 PM , Blogger colbymarshall said...

    Amen "writer's cramp". Typing cramp, too.

    Add to this that you haven't eaten anything that doesn't come in a can for over 48 hours.

  • At 10:58 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Oh my gosh, I can SO relate to the whole "surviving off of canned goods" thing during novel revisions. LOL Or surviving off of Ramen noodles. :) Thank you for commenting!


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