Writing Can Be Murder

August 2, 2010

Wishing for an on/off switch

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:45 pm

I desperately need one.

I’m trying to complete the requested revisions for my suspense novel. This is a very dark book…so disturbing that some people will only read it during daylight hours and others have refused to read it at all.

My problem is that the characters from my comedic crime novel won’t leave me alone. Even though I’ve put the manuscript away, they’re always in my thoughts. I haven’t figured out a way to turn them off. I’ll be trying to write a violent, disturbing scene and they’re all yapping away with funny one-liners.

Do you have an on/off switch? And if you know where I could find one, could you point me in the general direction?



  1. Don’t turn it off! I suggest keeping a pad next to you while you are working on the computer. Then turn and scribble anything delicious that your comedic characters might be saying or doing. This way they won’t think you’ve closed the door and clam up on you. Keep their juices flowing!

    Comment by Cyndi — August 2, 2010 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  2. Better to be on than off! 🙂 Shows your creativity is really flowing out ..(BOTH sides of your brain!)
    I like Cyndi’s idea or if you have a little recorder yap away into that…so you actually have the
    tone you are trying to inflict, since many one liners are all in how its said/read…..
    hope that helped, now if you have RUN advice — I NEED an on/off switch one day I am all great &happy with it , the next cant even think about it! I need to practice what I preach.
    I volunteered at an event it was a 20 miler tune up for NYC marathon( helllo that is in NOV!) freakin crap people did it! I am not even near 20 for a marathon the week b4!
    Maybe it is like writing, its my pace ..its your abilty. Somedays will be slow, somedays you are all over the place , somedays you can kiss your self for a job well done. Its like training for two events –
    no matter what you will figure out but whatever you do PLEASE PLEASE dont turn it off!!

    Comment by RunningCompany — August 2, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  3. I agree with the comments above. My fear is if I flip the off switch I might not be able to turn it on again. Go with it.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 3, 2010 @ 2:25 am | Reply

  4. Cyndi — Good advice — thank you! I do have a few notes jotted down…

    Running — I like the idea of training for two events…thanks for that. (Unfortunately I’m talking about writing events since I just can’t run in this heat…soon I hope….)

    Jennifer — Hmmm, I hadn’t considered not being able to turn it back on…now you’ve frightened me!

    Comment by love2wryte — August 3, 2010 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  5. Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you. 😉

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 3, 2010 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

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