The Writing Alphabet – D

Dun, dun, dunnnnnnn! And now for the Top 10 writing-related words that begin with D.

01. DARLINGS (KILL YOUR)
No, this isn’t a vicious murder plot whispered into Peter Pan’s ear by Tinker Bell. It’s where you agonise about deleting things from your manuscript that you love (but then go on to save everything in a file titled ‘USE THIS SOMEWHERE ELSE MAYBE???’).

02. DEADLINE
No, this isn’t a vicious murder plot where the movie A Chorus Line becomes a horror film. It’s something to sweat over when you tell yourself you love having a time limit to work towards and then panic-write up until the due date.

03. DEDICATION
No, this isn’t a vicious… Okay, that’s enough dedication to that joke. But this can also be a nice note where you dedicate your book to someone special, or you just give your readers some really solid inspiration:

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04. DELIRIOUSNESS
A state you may find yourself in, especially during NaNoWriMo season.

05. DESK
Depending on the type of person you are, your desk will either be an immaculate Pinterest dream with stationery lined up neatly, no dust to be seen and a whimsical coffee mug set on the side. Or it’ll be a trash pile of papers, post-it notes and pens that may or may not work. Oh, and that USB you desperately need? Eaten by the desk goblins.

06. DICTIONARY
For those times where you add a word into your story but you’re not entirely sure it means what you think it means, just that it sounds cool.

07. DOLLY PARTON
Of course we’ve all heard Dolly’s classic hit ‘9-5’, but perhaps you haven’t heard her lesser-known hits ‘1AM-3AM (This is the perfect time to write!)’ or ’12-1 (Inhaling a sandwich and getting indigestion so I can use my lunch break to get my word count up)’.

08. DORY
The moments where you’re in the shower, or drifting off to sleep, and you come up with the perfect end to a chapter or a piece of dialogue and utter the immortal words, “I’ll remember that later, I don’t need to write it down.”

Letter D 02
“Hey buddy! You don’t happen to remember how I was going to finish chapter four do you?”

09. DRAFT
Once you reach draft #125 of your novel you receive a free set of steak knives.

10. DUBIOUS
A feeling where you’re not sure if you’re on the right track with your writing, But then you realise you have to treat yourself with the same love and respect that Leslie Knope has for her BFF Ann Perkins.

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