Howdy, all. Dana Mentink here. I think I have to just confess up front that I possess many annoying qualities, but some of them happen to come in very handy for writing fiction! I'm going to tell you the top three below. Comments today will get you entered to win a Kindle copy of Dangerous Tidings, the first of a four book detective series.
#1: Nosiness! Oh dear. It's just not polite to be interested in things that don't have anything to do with oneself, but golly! People's lives are so fascinating! I cannot help myself when I hear someone talking about their encounter with a bear on the trail or a crazy incident at the airport. "Mind your own business, Dana," I tell myself, but I find it hard to resist listening in on colorful moments that may just influence that scene or character that I'm writing. Sigh. So rude, yet very helpful for writers!
#2: Daydreaming! This has gotten me into trouble for sure. I'm a third grade teacher in addition to my writing life and...well....there are times during those long meetings when I have drifted off to imagination land, wondering what would happen if a feral cat suddenly ran through the meeting room. I can usually jump back into a conversation after I have gone off to la-la land, but it's not very kind, nor considerate for the person I'm talking to. "Work on that, Dana. Your fiction life can wait."
#3: Obsessing about words! There are certain things that just drive a writer bonkers. Everyone has theirs, of course. Perhaps it is the misuse of 'their, they're and there.' For me, one of my hot buttons is that horrible "funnest." That's just not grammatically correct, yet I see it all over the place. I feel the need to point out to the person next to me the mistake even though they don't care a bit. You see? That can be super annoying, but it comes in handy when words are your business.
Do you have any qualities that serve you well in life or your job? Would love to hear from you!