Saturday, June 16, 2012

What is your "writing face"?


I realized tonight that there's something I always do when I'm writing, be it a happy scene, a sad scene, or even a fight scene:  I write with a dopey smile on my face.

Here's a web cam pic of me from five minutes ago.  My face has been like this all night, for so long that my cheeks actually hurt a bit, but I can't stop doing it.  Even now, I'm smiling, and it certainly doesn't have to do with what I'm also watching on TV, because episodes of The Walking Dead - while engrossing - aren't the kind of thing that bring a smile to my face.

That's kind of dark.

Here it is a little lighter.

Why are my cheeks so tired?  Because I'm writing, as in creating new stuff.  I've written three new scenes in my book.   I don't know what it is, but the process of creating just makes me happy, regardless of the actual tone of the scene.  I smile when I'm editing, too, but not nearly as much.  (Oddly enough, I frown when I'm designing covers, but that's because it takes a bit of concentration to get things just right.)

So, I wanna know - what's your writing face?  Do you smile?  Bite your lips?  Narrow your eyes?

Oh, and just out of curiosity, but do any of you find yourself kind of acting things out when you're writing?  Or saying a line out loud with the facial expression your character would be using, just to see if it clicks?  Or am I the only weirdo who does that?

16 comments:

  1. You're so cute!

    When I'm writing, I look quite serious but I'd rather have a sappy grin!

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  2. I totally noticed you do this when we skype! When we're in silence and we're both clicking about that's your face the whole time, lol! You're awesome :)

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  3. Ha, I've never thought about it before, but I'm pretty sure my lips part and I just kinda stare vipidly at the screen while I work. Either that or it's just my neutral face. When i'm in deep concentration, however, (and this goes with anything) I tend to twiddle my fingers. It's annoying and is a habit I've had since I was a little. I'm super self-conscious of it because I've had people make fun of me for it before. But meeeh.

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  4. I don't think I've ever looked! I'm probably snarling, annoyed I can't type faster.

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  5. Hmm, I think I probably stare at the screen with my mouth hanging open a bit like a dolt.
    And I've totally said lines out loud, gestured, etc. :)

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  6. I've been told by the fam, I laugh out loud, a lot. I guess I think I'm hilarious. I can only hope, one day, somebody will buy my work and agree with me.

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  7. I never paid attention, but I guess it depends on the scene I'm writing. If it's a sad scene, I'm serious ... if it's a happy scene, I'm smiling ;)

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  8. I'm pretty sure I have an idiotic grin on my face when I write. :)

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  9. I say lines out loud all the time. I'd probably act out every scene if I could get away with it! Weird, I know :)

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  10. I love that you smile as you're writing. As someone who doesn't do too much writing, but spends a HUGE amount of time editing images via my laptop, I can tell you my editing/working face is something similar to this: https://twitter.com/#!/erinparker/media/slideshow?url=http%3A%2F%2Finstagr.am%2Fp%2FJnPtrhAnoV%2F. Slight grin, serious eyes and big ass glasses.

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  11. Hahahaha! Funny, I never thought about it, but I'm pretty sure I usually look mad because I'm thinking. Other times I'm happy because the scene came together. Great post!

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  12. I feel the exact same way! So exciting when creating new scenes! I've been editing forever so I think I've been doing way too much frowning ;( I left you an award on my blog today!

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  13. Absolutely! :) My expression usually reflects the tone of the scene, though. (Which could be awkward, if someone walked in...) Haha!

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  14. My lips move. I don't *quite* mouth what I'm writing, but they just sort of twitch a little. Or sometimes I furrow my brow in concentration. And I tap my foot to the rhythm of what I'm typing sometimes (which isn't, y'know, my face).

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  15. I definitely don't write with a smile on my face. Probably a tight-set jaw and furrowed brow, focusing on writing and not going back to edit. Plus, there's the Doctor Who scarf, so you probably can't see my mouth anyway.

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  16. OMG I act out scenes all the time. It took forever for my husband to realize I wasn't actually crazy. He would enter the room and be like "who are you talking to?" Lol, and I am usually a lip biter when I write!!

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