When you’re a writer, it’s inevitable that you talk to yourself. And when you’re on deadline, this quirk starts looking more and more like Multiple Personalities. Here are five questions I ask myself as I work on my books:
1) If I clean my desk, will I get more work done? Inevitably, my desk gets pile after pile of stuff on it–the lawn bill, a coupon for a baby clothing store, four bottles of Poland Spring with varying amounts of water in them. I clean the desk, and for a few days, I feel like my mind is clearer and my heart is lighter. Then the cycle starts again.
2) I wonder if there are haunted houses in New Hampshire? For a book I’m working on, I’m playing around with the idea of ghosts. I’ve TiVo’ed about 50 episodes of Ghost Hunters, but I think I’m ready for actually going to that haunted hotel I’ve been reading about in the White Mountains. As long as I get to bring a few flashlights and my childhood teddy bear and a supply of Depends, I’m good to go.
4) Do I suck as much as I think I do? This springs up about five times a day at the moment, while I struggle with getting the tone just right in my next book. When I’m in the midst of a project, marathoning toward the finish line, I only think this thought every other day.
5) Did a cat just throw up again? I have two cats that have problems with gorging on their food and water to help hack up a hairball. If I’m lucky, they’ve aimed for the hardwood. And since I’m the one who’s up so late, I’m usually the one grabbing the paper towels and the scrub brush.