The Trainwreck that is #90DayFiance
#RHOC -- The Kelly Crisis

Why Writers Narrate Life -- ie., talk to themselves

Last night, I was in my favorite coffee shop. No, it's not Starbucks, believe it or not. But I don't want to out the barista, so I'm not going to name it here. Anyway, the gal was making my iced soy mocha and she narrated the entire recipe out loud to herself. I asked her, "Are you a writer?"

She said, "Yeah." And looked at me strange, like how did I know that. "That's what I do when I'm not here. It's my real job."

I explained that I knew because she was talking to herself out loud and acted as if it was perfectly normal. Only writers narrate their lives. It's like something clicks in our head that we have to remember this. It was fun to see how it looks on someone else. I'm constantly narrating what I have to do next. This morning, I'm working on a proposal for a friend and my head was busy with that all morning. Then, my daughter texts me that she's cooking for the firehouse tonight -- can I start the stew for her Cottage Pies?

Translation: Can you go to the grocery store? Buy all the ingredients for the beef stew. Make it. And then let her assemble the pies after school?

"But really mom, you don't have to." But keep in mind, firemen are hungry. They don't want to wait for Elle to get home from school, make the stew, which has to sit before the cottage pie and then have that all assembled. So this. THIS is why I narrate. I will go to the grocery store. Talk myself through it and in the background be thinking about what I have to put on paper.

I also have conversations with myself between characters, because you know, you have to try it out for sound. Dialog should have a rhythm. And yes, I snap like Jack Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets" if you interrupt my conversations.