I am always writing a story in my head. You, too? 

That’s what makes us writers appear like scatterbrained police detectives much of the time. A friend may be telling me something heartbreaking, joyful, or worrying, but I am thinking about how it might fit into the bigger picture of what I will write. I hope I respond appropriately most of the time, as long as you don’t mind me diving for my iPhone to make a note while you talk. I really do care, honest, so much that I am deeply thinking about the implications of what you’re saying. Okay, maybe I’m only thinking about how cool it would be to have a kleptomaniac kindergarten teacher likes yours as a heroine in a story about overcoming obstacles, but I WILL remember you told me a story about a kleptomaniac kindergarten teacher. Being a writer is partly an art of listening deeply while thinking about many things.  

Today, I can only write after I do a long-neglected chore that has brought me up against a deadline, so I will be cranky, of course, until I can get back to my desk. When I do, I plan on working a bit more on writing some monologues from the viewpoint of a couple of characters who are puzzling me. If I give them free rein to answer some pointed questions, I hope they’ll provide me with a deeper peek into their motivations.

What are you writing today? 

5 responses to “Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, October 26, 2015”

  1. Bobbi/Bobbie Avatar

    Badly cramping hand, nasty crashing laptop–so I’m spending the day doing the next best thing to writing: reading, looking for inspiration.

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    1. Glenda Bailey-Mershon Avatar

      That is a great thing to do! Sorry to hear your hand hurts, and that you’re still having trouble with your laptop. What are you doing about that?


      1. Bobbi Avatar

        Or were you asking about the hand? Heat, exercises, and massage w/ arnica gel all help, but mostly get distracted and wait for its return to function.

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        1. Glenda Bailey-Mershon Avatar

          Bobbi, you always make me laugh with the unvarnished truth.


        2. Glenda Bailey-Mershon Avatar

          What are you doing about your laptop, too, though?


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