Writing is a solitary occupation—at least the first part of the book writing process is done alone. I do most of my writing sitting in my La-Z-Boy chair or if I want a change of scenery, I head out to a café.
When I write at home, I have an assistant. Here she is…meet Bella.
Bella’s job—as she sees it:
1. To make sure I don’t suffer from bottom spread. She nags me with loud barks when it’s time for me to do some exercise.
2. To take regular meal breaks. Again, her barking gets my attention, but she also comes to me chair and makes sure I haven’t missed the message that it’s food time.
3. To collect the mail. She likes to know that we can afford to pay for her food during the coming month and likes checks almost as much as I do.
4. To discourage door-to-door salesmen. No one should distract her partner when she’s in writing mode.
5. To suggest plotting breaks. She signals this by appearing with a tennis ball or her favorite toy.
6. To dispense cuddles when the writing isn’t going well. She edges her way onto my chair, nudging the laptop out of the way.
We have a pretty good partnership, Bella and I, and her excellent understanding of what makes a happy author brings fun to my writing process.
Do you have someone who helps you during the writing process or keeps you company when you’re reading?