Tuesday, April 20, 2010

But can you read it?

So tonight I've written 1500 words which might work for a contest entry. Here's the formula:
Descriptive phrase from staff meeting regarding a challenging project +
Rejected title for another leaflet (that was funny after I got a little explanation. We do that, try to entertain each other.) +
The chance to (not) see the space shuttle returning to Florida by way of Arkansas =
A strange, hopefully humorous short story entitled:
The Red Hat Entity.
It sounds ominous, right? You'll probably never see it. But you know you want to. It's the "entity" part. I need everyone to stand around and shout out phrases and historical Arkansas events tomorrow so that I can take three or four and ask "wouldn't it be funny if...?" This is the secret to my writing process.

So the picture is of my keyboard, missing "N" and some of "A" too. And I think it's funny that this shows up on this "You Know You're a Writer If..." list from writer Kaye Dacus. Click her link to read the whole list.

Some of the letters on your keyboard are completely worn off.
You would rather write than go out.
Your/you’re and their/there/they’re errors send you into an apoplectic fit.
You’ve heard/seen something and thought, I need to write that down.
You’ve ever written a scene, outline, synopsis, or character sketch on a restaurant napkin . . . and it wasn’t a paper napkin.
You wake up in the middle of the night and scrabble for the pen and paper you keep next to your bed to write down a scene to make the voices be quiet so you can get some sleep
Getting the scene finished is more important than food, coffee, or the bathroom.
A blank wall becomes the screen where the scene you’re writing takes place right in front of your eyes.
You purposely eavesdrop when out in public.

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