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What I've Learned From Writing (That Has Nothing to Do With Writing)

It hit me the other day. It's been close to a year since I dove headfirst into really learning the craft of writing. I've read (and read and read) books on writing. Books on plotting. Books on editing. Books that were, well, just dang good books. I've stuffed quite a lot into my brain over the past year, but there's a good portion I learned while writing that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with writing.

This is a list I compiled of things found scribbled in my WIP notebooks, reminder sticky notes, and other general nuggets of knowledge I've acquired in the process.

1) The human body is better at surviving g-forces that are perpendicular to the spine.

2) Computer keyboards can withstand one cup of apple juice. No one really needs the 3 or P key anyway.

3) There supposedly is a way to make someone pass out by applying pressure to two points on the neck at the same time. Due to the risk of possible cardiac arrest, my husband won't let me use him as a guinea pig to test this theory.

4)There are many rules to writing. All are meant to be broken at times, which means they aren't so much rules as suggestions. But if you're going to break the rules, you have to break them the right way.
*Very similar to the mother/daughter chats I was forced to endure about how I had the freedom to make my own decisions, but I better hope like hell I made the right ones.

5)When your laptop alerts you that your battery is almost dead, it really doesn't care if you're in the middle of writing your best. scene. ever.

6)Embalming fluid contains formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol. Enough embalming fluid is buried in the US every year to fill eight Olympic size pools.
Can't believe I ever went to dinner parties without this conversation starter!

7) # is a hashtag (twitter)

8) Your characters really don't hear you when you're yelling at them. Only the people in the general vicinity of you and your computer do, and they will think you are strange.

9) Page breaks don't always care that you plan to go back and edit.

10) As much as you'd like to perform your own experiments to gain a true visual perspective for some explosive scene, it really is best to listen when they tell you 'Don't try this at home'. Trust me.

What random knowledge have you learned from writing?
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. I laughed out loud at #2 and #6! Sounds like some of the crazy things I've learned as a road warrior. (First and foremost - never use windshield wiper fluid when your sidewindows are down.)

  2. I totally and utterly disagree with #8, I know I am not the only one plotting.

  3. Hilarious!!
    Oh, one should never fall asleep on the keyboard..the characters will start talking in another tongue :P

  4. I've also learned #8 from writing. (And then learned it again and again and again...)

  5. I LOVE #5 and #8!!! ROFL

    Awesome list of things you have learned. Now you are officially a writer! ;)

    I've learned that when the characters whisper in my ear as I'm trying to fall asleep, its worth it to get up and write it down or it will be a vague memory in the morning.

  6. LOL Amanda.

    Lee: that is so right. I ALWAYS forget. Always. No matter how duh I think the revelation is at the time.

  7. I've learned that first chapters are a lot easier to write than tenth chapters.

  8. Hahaha those made me laugh

    what have i learned? hm, ive learned that if you start talking to your charactors, its hard to stop talking to them, calling your dad Strayth 12 times does not make him a happy camper.

  9. I have learned that whenever a scene is problematic, a cat will show up to distract you.

  10. I've learned that the characters in my head are more entertaining then the living people in my office.

  11. lol to #8. Ahahahaha...

    And I've learned that you can text yourself an entire scene by using the first letter of the character's names and no spaces. (Though going back to edit is kinda' nasty.)

    Also: You will become most inspired when you are nowhere near a pice of paper.

  12. Love this list. It definitely took me a few months to figure out what people meant by a hashtag when I first joined twitter.

  13. I love this post! FYI, keyboards don't hold up so well against milk. Mine never quite recovered.


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