Friday, June 3, 2011

Writing Laughs

A couple a days ago, I plunked on the couch attempting to crank out my book. I had only penned about a quarter of a page—after several distractions and bombardments of mind—when my husband walked in and asked how my day was going.

I immediately lamented that I had barely written anything towards my daily goal and hefted my tablet in front of his eyes to prove it.

Hold on. Stop. Temporary Detour.

Yes, I said tablet. I LOVE writing my books on paper. Then I type the words into my laptop later. There’s something extraordinary about my pen flowing words onto glorious paper. So inspiring to write this way! And I LOVE my pen—Jetstream by Uni, it glides so magically over the delicious paper like a Pelican across a pond.

Good Grief! Getting carried away here!

So back to my story—

My husband looked at my lines of prose, snatched my tablet, and said, “Here, I’ll draw something to inspire you.” He whipped out a pencil, sketched for a second, and handed it back.

I took one swift look at the drawing and said, “What? Hey!”

He drew a boat with him inside. 

He just laughed. He’s wanted a boat for endless years. And ever since I started writing my first novel, he pipes up all the time about how he’ll get his longed-for boat when I sell my book.

I grinned (I couldn’t help it), shook my head, and said, “Ha!”

Then I immersed myself in writing again, until my daughter leaned over and drew something on my page (she frequently does).

Her crazy shark about to chomp the boat made me laugh!

Hmm. Better show dear husband his terrible fate.

News flash! He laughed. Completely unflappable, perfectly tranquil—all mixed up with a confident smile.

Better get writing.

So tell me, tell me do — what fun experiences have you had writing? 


Danica said...

That sounds just like me, minus the writing. When I begin a picture I almost always prefer to sketch it out on actual paper first, instead of going straight to Photoshop (I do that too though :P). I love the pictures, pretty funny.

Katie Dodge said...

It's funny because now I write in my notebook before going to the computer too. It's too easy to get sidetracked on the internet! And I sooo agree with loving how the pen glides across the paper! :D

Jonene Ficklin said...

So fun! Gotta love family!

Brenda Sills said...

Danica, what an excellent thought! This notion of putting down our ideas in the simplest form is truly satisfying no matter what we're expressing. It could be something as simple as a personal journal entry, to sketching our imaginations, to writing a speech and designing banners for the Association of Mount Everest Climbers. Thanks! :D

Katie, Three cheers for pen and paper! And pencils, we don't want to leave pencils out - we love them too! I'm ecstatic you agree with my electrifying philosophy! Thanks! :D

Jonene, you're so right! My family is a constant source of entertainment for me! They always make me laugh! Thanks! :D

Unknown said...

I love that your husband backs you up so much that even despite having written nothing and then drawn a picture he wasn't phased. Those are the moments to really be appreciated.

I love my husband and we have brainstorming sessions all the time. Lately I've written more chick lit than anything and he still reads it all and allows me to get ideas out of him. He's brilliant in so many ways!

Your blog is so fun and I'm so happy to be your newest follower!

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Brenda Sills said...

Wahoo! Thanks Jen! I loved what you said about your husband helping you out and sharing in your writing journey - that gives me the warm fuzzies! And Wow! - thank you so much for saying such kind words about my blog! I'm SO happy you're my newest follower too! How wonderful you are! :D

tkfonzie said...

You are very lucky to have such a supportive hubby and family...keep it up!

Unknown said...

Brenda, I loved this post with the boat and shark. Hilarious. If I ever get a book published, I get a new bathroom!