Your manuscript is your child. You lavish attention on it, you take care of it. Sure, sometimes it feels as though you’re the baby what with the crying, screaming & (word) vomiting it takes to get through writing & editing. But at the end of the day there’s still love, pride & hopefully lots of naps.
When you save your document multiple times even though the autosave is on. Then you save it to a USB. Then you email it to yourself just in case your computer gets stolen. And then email it to your second email account in case something happens to the other one. Because the day you lose your manuscript of 70,000+ words that you’ve been working on forever is the day your soul departs your body & you move to Mars.
Sometimes you’ve just got to write some balderdash that’s going to 100% end up being deleted anyway to get that writing flow going. Also an alias Benedict Cumberbatch uses to book into hotels (“Ah yes, welcome back, Mr. Balderdash CabbagePatchKid”).
04. BATMAN VS BRUCE WAYNE
Splitting your time between your day job & your writing so you can get both done. “Holy not enough hours in the day, Batman!”
The dream. Better than that recurring dream, too, where your teeth fall out and you’re being chased in slow motion by the clown from IT.
Google tells me this is, “a person who collects or has a great love of books”, but they missed out the part where you buy a thousand books, promise yourself you won’t buy anymore until you’ve read those ones, then promptly buy two thousand more on Booktopia because you got a free shipping code.
When you’re procrastinating writing because you’re stuck so you take a “short” tea/coffee break and dig into the biscuit tin. This may happen 5-8 times a day so stock up on those Arnott’s Family Assorted.
Where the bibliophile stores their three million books & lives in hope that it won’t topple over and crush them.
09. BRAIN BYE-BYE
Trying to make words be good. But wording is hard. It be very hard sometimes.
Sometimes you’ve just got to be your own cheerleader & tell yourself, “YOU’VE GOT THIS! YOU’VE WRITTEN 500 WORDS TODAY AND YOU SHOULD BE PROUD! THAT DIALOGUE WAS ON POINT TODAY!” Treat yourself with the same excitement a dog does when it hasn’t seen you all day!