The other day as I was sifting through my box of hats (trying to find my purple tweed cap) it occurred to me that we, as writers, wear a lot of hats.
Off the top of my head (go ahead, groan) here’s a list I came up with.
CREATIVE THINKER CAP – This is what I wear when brainstorming. Inspired ideas, clever turns of phrase, and unexpected plot twists can be discovered while wearing this. Unfortunately it often works best while I’m in the shower, so it appears a bit bedraggled.
PROJECT MANAGER HARD HAT (aka the Plotter) – I draw up the blueprint for my story before I ever begin working on it. My project manager makes sure that the structure I build is sound. My writing has many faults, but I’ve never had anyone tell me that my plotting is weak.
FACT FINDING FEDORA -- When I’m writing, I often toss my fedora in a dusty corner. I’ll make notes about things I need to research, but I don’t do the actual work until a draft is done. Others do as much research as they can before they ever write the first page. Still others do it as they go along. Which method do you prefer?
CRASH HELMET – Safe writing is boring writing. Sometimes you just need to channel your inner-daredevil and take some risks.
NEWSBOY CAP – When it’s time to edit and revise I pull on my newsboy cap and pull out my red pen.
COWBOY HAT – When it’s time to start marketing what you’ve written, a cowboy hat can come in handy. It can add some swagger to your step, showing the world you’re confident in your creation. Plus, it can shield you from the blinding glare of rejection letters.
These are just some of the writing hats we can wear as writers. Do you wear them? Can you think of others we should add to our collections? Which hat fits you best? Which hat do you dread having to put on?