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Allison B. Hanson | Must-Haves for Writing a Book

September 24, 2018

Must-Haves for Writing a Book by Allison B. Hanson

  1. An idea.

Prepare for all the ways the ideas will come to you so you’re prepared. Ideas never come when you’re ready for them.

Four o’clock in the morning ideas: Keep a tablet next to bed so you can jot down these gems. Note: the recording device on your phone might also work if you are especially good at translating Drunken Wookie.

Shower ideas: Keep a washable marker in the shower. Note: do not use red. When the water makes it bleed down the shower it might scare other family members.

At work ideas: Send the idea to yourself in the form of an email while also trying to pay attention to the meeting. Note: do not offer anything in the meeting, just nod and hope for the best.

Dinner with friends ideas: Make sure to keep your voice low in the restaurant so other diners do not think you are really planning a murder in the next booth.

  1. Snacks.

Nutritional snacks: to fuel you when you’re deep into an idea and don’t have time for actual meals.

Candy: just because. You should never pass up a chance to eat candy.

Drinkable snacks:

Sub categories: Caffeine for getting you through the late or early hours of writing.  Wine for helping you cope when you find a gaping plot hole.

  1. Time.

Designated writing time: When you tell your family you’re taking the day to write, but then get distracted by social media and blog posts and don’t write anything on your manuscript all day.

Stolen time:  When you spend your lunch break writing at a lightning-fast pace and then have to deal with your stomach growling all afternoon.

Oil Change Time: During the fifteen minute oil change you get so engrossed in your writing you pretend you didn’t hear them call you name for the next hour.

Dryer time: When you fluff your clothes four times while writing.

Workout time: When you put on workout clothes, drive to the gym and sit in the parking lot writing for an hour. Note: take water and splash it strategically on your clothes and hair to make it look legit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Allison B. Hanson lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, and running. For more information please visit:

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