by Kaye George
When bad things happen to writers, it’s not always a bad thing.
I’m a big fan of taking notes. If you can force yourself to do it--or if you think of it--this can serve you well to write down your feelings and reactions to adverse events. Conversely, taking notes when good things are going on can work for you, too.
I’ve been going over my galley proofs for my book coming out next month, and I’m on my second pass. What’s going through my mind is that I’m glad I remembered some of this stuff. Much of my descriptive and reactive passages are based on things I’ve experienced, much of it from years ago. Some of the characters quirks are based on those of people I’ve known, some of them long ago. The only way I can put them into my stories with such detail is that I wrote them down. I would never be without a pad of paper and a writing implement. I like to carry a pencil in case I get a chance to scribble a Sudoku puzzle or a crossword. (Do I really have to capitalize Sudoku? Word thinks I do.)