The Tales of Benson the Bard

To write: perchance to edit: ay, there's the rub; for in editing to death, what epiphanies may come…

Okay, so I’m not the Bard. What I am, is sitting in a hotel room editing the night before I give a workshop on research.

Maybe what I should be doing is reviewing critique roundtable submissions for Gold? Or typing up my notes from the Writer’s Police Academy? Or sleeping, after a whirlwind 10 days driving to Wisconsin and back? What are my priorities?

In the end, edits won. At least until I started this blog. I was going to write about how amazing and informative a conference like the Writer’s Police Academy can be – but Chris Goff beat me to it.

Instead, I decided to share some of my writing practices and pet peeves. Now, I don’t claim these are “best practices”, and probably not even really good ones, but they’re mine.

  • I write best under pressure, even if it’s made up pressure because if I have all the time in the world I can find something else to do in a heartbeat
  • I like to write when I’m alone, but always turn on a movie I’ve seen at least three times for background noise
  • I write in a recliner or on a bed with my laptop, never in a proper chair at a desk
  • I can write eight hours in a stretch if I’m in the zone, which generally results in ordering pizza for dinner to prevent divorce
  • I can tell when I’m not in the zone because I’ll have started the laundry, done the dishes, and wandered outside to pull weeds
  • I like to have junk food handy when writing - Dark Chocolate Kisses being my favs, and a gin and tonic is a close second, but not until at least….um, 5 o’clock?
  • When it’s cold I have a pair of plush Tigger slippers I wear when I’m writing, and my granddaughter is convinced I have tigers living under my bed in the summer
  • I hate texting because my kids don’t want to read more than 3 words from me and think punctuation is a waste of time

Ok, so some of this doesn’t have anything to do with writing, but it kept me from having to edit for a while (bad Bard, bad, bad!)

What are your writing-related practices? What puts you in your writer’s groove (or takes you out)?

Terri Benson

As a life-long writer, Terri Benson has one published novel, award winning short stories, and over a hundred articles – many award winning – in local and regional magazines and on-line e-zines. She is a multi-year member of RMFW (Western Slope Liaison & Board Education Chair, and W/S events are hosted at her employer); she is also a long-time member of RWA. Benson is a regular blogger for RMFW, and frequently pelts them with articles for the newsletter.

Her historical romance, An Unsinkable Love, a truly Titanic love story with plenty of suspense, is available from Amazon in both e-book and paperback. More about Terri on her website.


4 thoughts on “The Tales of Benson the Bard

  1. Thanks for the laugh with my coffee, Terri! My fail-safe is to (1) grab my phone, (2) set it for an hour and (3) get off the internet and BICHOK.

  2. That damn butt in chair, hands on keys is a killer. I don’t get on the internet much unless I’m doing research, it’s all the other distractions that get me, especially in the summer (ahh, another excuse for not writing).

  3. That’s the reason I have to have seen the movie several times. It just becomes white noise that cancels out other things going on around me. I have tried working in complete silence, but unless I want to try earphones (which I couldn’t stand) there is no such thing as absolute silence in my world.

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