Au-thor, noun: Someone who attempts to write stories, drinking caffeine to stay alive. May participate in the art of NaNoWriMoing. Introvert. [Alternate form: au-thor-ess.]
Brag-ging rights, noun: What authors get once they complete a piece. Or NaNoWriMo.
Caf-feine, noun: The substance authors drink to stay alive. Comes in the form of coffee, tea, or any variations of the above said.
Choc-o-late, noun: The other substance that keeps authors alive.
Crap, noun: What some authors may call their first drafts.
Death, noun: What authors may do to characters to torture the other characters and readers. And we are not sorry.
Di-sci-pline, noun: The only way to write.
Ea-sy, adjective: An adjective never used to describe writing.
Ed-i-ting, verb: To take a first draft, rip it apart, and sew it back together with new thread. Change everything, and come out of it with something perhaps worth sending to a publisher.
Gram-mar, noun: What authors correct and texting messes up.
Hon-est feed-back, noun: What authors never get.
In-ner de-vil, noun: When authors kill characters and become sociopaths.
In-ner e-di-tor, noun: The person authors become when they need to. Tend to feverishly correct mistakes of spelling, grammar, and the like.
In-sta-gram, noun: A form of distraction.
In-ter-net, noun: The World Wide Web, complete with everything an author needs to become distracted and henceforth, procrastinate. See procrastination, YouTube, Instagram.
Plot twist, noun: What authors write to keep their readers entertained.
Procrastination, noun: What authors really do when they “write.” See Internet, YouTube, Instagram.
Re-vi-sing, verb: See above, editing.
Spel-ling, noun: Another thing authors like to correct. And texting messes up.
Words, noun: What authors put on pages. Easy as pie.
Wri-ting, verb: What authors claim to do.
Wri-ting-a-stor-y-right-af-ter-you-read-a-book-i-tis, noun: A serious medical condition with no treatment in which an author comes up with plotlines only slightly different from their most recent reading.
You-Tube, noun: A form of distraction.
This is my dictionary of bookish words for authors and anyone else interested.
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