Let me say this first: writing makes my life better. This has to be a given, because if it weren't true, I wouldn't be writing. I am selfish. I do things that make me happy, and writing makes me happy.
Writing gives me discipline. Is this true for you too? When I started writing my novel, I knew it would be a lot of work, but I didn't expect it to change my lifestyle so drastically. I treat it as I might treat a job. It is (usually) part of my daily routine. I have to set time aside so I can get it done.
Writing changes the way I think. I think about my novel...all the time, actually. This is going to sound awful, but when real life starts to get boring, I drift into the world of fiction. I am always, always thinking about my MC's and their predicaments. I think about them in the shower, while I'm eating, during really boring college lectures, right before I go to sleep, etc. In this way, I can make my MC into myself. For a first person novel, I have to be her. You could say I live vicariously through her sometimes. Her thoughts become my own. Yeah, I know, go ahead and lock me in a psych ward now.
Writing changes the way I experience things. Living daily life has become brand new, because I have to examine how I feel when I trip and fall onto my knees. How can I describe the pain (yes, this is really the first thing that comes to mind when I hurt myself)? How would I describe the weather today in less common terms? When I run into medieval sword fighters (yes, this did happen one Sunday), I watch their movements and technique, so I can draw upon it later.
Writing changes the way I read. The sign of a good book has become, can I read this book without constantly studying the style and syntax? If I lose myself in the book, it is officially good, because it has become very difficult to turn off the writer-editor part of me when reading. This is good for improving my own writing, but bad for when I just want to read the damn book on a comfy couch for fun.
So much of my life now revolves around those documents on Microsoft Word that it's hard to remember a time when it didn't.
So how has your life changed?
Tuesday: Flames and Shadows
Wednesday: Sometimes Helpful Nonsense
Thursday: Girl With A Notebook
Friday: Somewhere Nowhere In My Kingdom
I am on the last leg. The second draft needs to be done by August 14.