Writing Can Be Murder

August 29, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 11:23 am

I once took a personality test that defined me as a squiggle (you know, a curvy line that goes in no particular direction). My secondary personality “trait” was a circle, which basically means I can’t think in a straight line like a triangle, square, rectangle type of person can.  

 My latest moment of squiggledom is evidenced by my legal pad that I started using on Sunday night. (I like to write by hand, which is a whole other post.) I flipped through it this morning and this is what it looks like:

Pages 1 & 2 — Story “M”

Pages 3,4&5 — Story “E”

Pages 6 &7 — Story “G”

Page 8 — Back to story E

Page 9 — Back to story G

Pages 10,11&12 — Story “S”

Pages 13&14 — Back again to Story G

Page 15 — Back to Story S

Pages 17 & 18 — Once again back to Story G

Page 19 — Back again to Story S

 And that’s just the legal pad. It doesn’t show the hopping around I’ve done on my alpha smart and computer.

Do you squiggle too?



  1. If you are talking writing process I’m a straight line when it comes to my writing. I have to get from point A to point B without any stops to look at the scenery. Now if I get moments of insight about my character I write it down and keep going with the story.

    Now hold a conversation with me and you’ll swear I’m a squiggle.

    Comment by Melissa — August 29, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  2. I’m several cris-crossgin squiggles that look something like a ball of lint.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 30, 2007 @ 7:47 am

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