The Writer’s Life According To Toy Story

It’s been some time since the last episode of The Writer’s Life According To, but we’re back once more!

Shall we get down to business? The writer’s life as told by Toy Story…

Note: as usual, none of the gifs belong to me. They can all be found at 

When someone makes the mistake of asking about your book.
Putting all your hard-practiced social skills on display.
When you write the first kissing scene…
When you’re on your 4th cup of coffee and it’s not even noon…
Reading something you wrote five years ago.
When someone hasn’t heard of your favorite author.
When someone says movies are better than books.
Being forced to try your hand at marketing.
When a friend tells you they don’t like to read.
When you write the words ‘The End’…

Real-Life Conversation Snippets…No, For Real

Hey, everyone! This blog post is long overdue. It’s also probably the oddest blog post I’ll ever write.

Here’s the deal: during my last semester of college a year ago, I had an assignment for my Scriptwriting class. The assignment consisted of keeping a small notebook on my person at all times and jotting down out-of-context snippets of conversation I heard around campus.

Needless to say, this led to some rather interesting entries. A year after graduating, I still have the notebook. It’s been sitting in a box for far too long. Now, it’s time to unveil the secrets I’ve kept dormant.

These secrets are a potential goldmine for story dialog or random strangeness. I’ll be sure to incorporate them into my future writing…somehow.

I’m only sharing the very best from my notebook. For the sake of not losing friends, I’ll keep the sources anonymous. You, the reader, must take these snippets with a grain of salt. They are, after all, ripped out of their context.

“I need someone to demean. It’ll make me feel better since I’m doing math homework.”

“I have grapes and cranberries in my head.”

“I am a human being, not a stew. Go away.”

“Let’s travel to the depths of the pooper dome and retrieve the lasagna.”

“Don’t talk. I’ve seen your fingernail collection.”

“Oh, you got mail! At least someone cares about you.”

“Monkeys do it from the belly-button in.”

“Fine, I’ll just tuck it into my fat fold.”

“I found a eunuch!”

“Chocolate, dead cat…same difference.”

“Sometimes you don’t cover your mouth when you sneeze. You just look up and pretend to be a volcano.”

“I had leftover funeral food.”

“My lower intestine just quivered strangely.”

Should any of these real-life bits of conversation inspire you in your writing endeavors, don’t blame me. After all, I didn’t say any of them.

Do you ever write down out-of-context conversation snippets? What are some of the strangest lines you’ve heard out there?

The Fantastic Five Dialog Tag

Guys. Guys. Guess what? I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m starting a blog tag. At least I think I am. Odds are this has been done before, but frankly, I don’t care. I’ll call it…the Fabulous Five Dialog tag. Super catchy, am I right?

But Mr. Nate, sir, what is this superb new concept you’ve brought to life? 

*Friendly pat on the head* Excellent question, little writerling. The Fantastic Five Dialog tag simply means I’m going to share five of my favorite out-of-context dialog lines from my work-in-progress novel and then tag some friends to share some of their own! Simple stuff, but I think it’s gonna be fun.

So here are five of my favorite out-of-context lines from Where The Woods Grow Wild (coming soon to Amazon near you!)…

“Why, you clod-brained, gimpy hog-moggins, I’m not evil!”

“A girl has to be resourceful. Besides, it’s a very noble kitchen knife.”

“Willows don’t like me, so naturally they start yelling at me the moment I fly by, and they forget they’re yelling when they go back to talking about things they intended to keep secret.”

“Fine, then, be that way. Yes, I found it when I was cleaning out one of his old desk drawers, and I took it because he has enough brass rings to fill a bean jar.”

“Take him away! Chop off his feet and light them on fire! Or throw quails at him!”

As it turns out, choosing just five bits of dialog was hard, but those are some of my favorites. I’ll go ahead and tag some people now (participation is voluntary, so if you’re not tagged and want to, go for it!):

Hannah Heath 

C.E.L. Stefani

Raychel Rose from That Bright Young Thing

Hope Ann from Writing in the Light

Kel Giese from A Teen’s Life 

Now it’s your turn! Have a favorite dialog line in mind? Share it in the comments below!


24 Little Things To Make A Writer Smile

In terms of the writing side of my life, the past month has been disappointing. Since finishing my first draft in March, I haven’t had time to roll up my sleeves and get a big chunk of editing done. I’ve been tied up with other editing projects that don’t seem to end, work, and other assorted distractions. You know how it is.

But it’s not always the glamorous achievements that make being a writer feel worthwhile. I can’t finish a draft, or complete a manuscript edit, or reveal a new cover every day. Sometimes it’s the little things that make writers smile.

Little things like…

Coffee early in the morning

Rainy days

Exciting ideas

The smell of paper

Days of good handwriting

New pens and pencils

Finding a new tea flavor

Comfortable chairs

Working under an open window

An organized desk

Fun bits of research

Words like disgruntled or plump

Five minutes of daydreaming

The tap-tap of the keyboard

Sticky notes and bookmarks and index cards

Quiet rooms

Ink-stained fingers

Motivational snacks

Quotations you don’t understand but share anyways

Coffee shops

Successful outlines

Funny snippets of dialogue

Pajama workdays

Knowing you can do it all again tomorrow

What are the little things about being a writer that you enjoy the most?