The fabulous Jodi Lynn Copeland wrote a wonderful guest blog…
The Dangers of Having a Day Job
Having a day job can be a wonderful thing, in that it gives me a break from toddler-world and then too it makes use of a different part of my brain than my night job. However, I have found it can be a very dangerous thing indeed.
There’s the obvious dangerous of not meeting my writing deadlines because the day job gets too busy and expands into the night. But more than that is the danger of how what I write affects me throughout my day. In general, I don’t tend to swear and never around my elders, parents, etc. It just isn’t something I often feel the need to do—well, except while driving in my car that is clearly trapped in stealth mode for how often I am cut off and nearly run over. However, when I am writing characters who do swear, or are very high strung or demanding, I find myself affecting their personalities. This one doesn’t come back to bite me too often, but I have had a couple recent slipups where I was left red-faced and well aware my hero and heroine of the moment were to blame. Really, how does one explain that a fictional friend made me do it?
Another foible that emerges at the day job is the extension of my character’s thoughts. The closer I get to a deadline, the more hours I spend writing a day. During these long writing spells, I go to bed thinking about the characters and then go on to dream about them. The thing is I write erotic romance, and so you can guess my dreams tend for the racy side. A good thing this can be indeed—it generally makes for a very happy wakeup—except for when those dreams involve colleagues. I go to work and find myself thinking about those naughty dreams when interacting with those same colleagues. I sit through meetings being the total professional when—wham!—those dreams come back to get me. Or some foreign thought emerges that a character had the night before and I am now left having it about my coworkers or friends, etc.
Now I’m not sure what is more bothersome. That I am having these dreams, or the people I am having them about. From time to time, they will involve the resident hunk, but more often they involve someone I wouldn’t want to think such things about in a million years. I am sure there is something Freudian in there.
What about you? If you’re a writer, do you find what you write affects your day in any way? Or if you’re a reader, do you find what you read has a bearing on you?
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