We writers are suspicious creatures. Here are 10 things which would fill any writer with horror - or maybe it’s just me.
10. Opening a copy of your new book to discover a typo in the second paragraph on page 57.
9. Realizing half way through your manuscript that you're writing a plot you’ve already employed in a different book.
8. Discovering that half your characters have names starting with the same letter. Don’t laugh. This happened to me and I now have sirens going off in my head if I think about using a name starting with that letter.
7. No coffee.
6. No chocolate.
5. No coffee or chocolate. Yes, I know I’ve written the same thing as #7 and #6; but the horror, the horror!
4. That writer that you know who is more productive in an hour than you are in a week. (And who probably lives in a house that could be on the cover of House Beautiful, but that’s another issue).
3. Discovering that your protagonist isn’t who you thought you wrote at all, but a rather insufferable prig who needs to sit on a tack.
2. Awaking with a marvelous idea and snatching pen and paper only to discover the words refuse to appear.
1. The blank page. (Yes, exciting and full of possibilities, etc. But terrifying. See #2)
Please share your writerly horrors! Laughing makes the monsters go away.
Elspeth Futcher is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the Internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. Her newest game, Once Upon a Murder, is now available and published by Red Herring Games. Her 'writing sheep' are a continuing feature in the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Futcher, Author.