The following ten gems are from Adair Lara’s little book that sits on my shelf closest to my desk. Occasionally when I’m feeling out of sorts, a little weird, or have been caught talking to myself a little too much – I whip out this treasure, and remember that I’m not alone.
Here are just ten of my favorites. There are so many more. If you’re not sure yet, if you’re a writer, you might pick up a copy. It also makes a great gift a writerly friend.
- You think of eavesdropping as research.
- You get a book idea while washing the dishes.
- Sometimes you think in an English accent.
- As you’re staring out the window, you’re working.
- You hold your cell phone up at intersections to record the sound of Italian motorbikes for that scene you’re writing about a love affair on Capri.
- There are three empty cereal bowls next to your computer – one for each meal.
- You pick up your fifteen-year-old at a police station and, even through your tears, you note ironic details such as the vending machine in the lobby flashing, “Have A Nice Day” in red digital letters.
- You go out in a snowstorm wearing a t-shirt because it was summer when you sat down to start your novel.
- You forgot your bathing suit on a trip to Tahiti, but remembered your laptop.
- Throwing out old files, you come across a great piece and are delighted to realize you wrote it.
Until next time,