Writer Quirks

We all have our quirks, but writers especially reserve the right to be a little eccentric. Here’s a few of my quirks when it comes to writing.

  • I write action scenes with shoes on.
  • Chocolate. All day. Every day.
  • For emotional scenes, I write in bed.
  • I write conversational scenes and plot in the chair in my room or on the living room couch.
  • I can’t write outside.
  • I can’t write longhand. 
  • Can’t write in public, either. Coffee shop would never work for me. I usually have to be at home.
  • If I’m having writer’s block and am frustrated, I have one of the main characters eat a poisoned Snickers bar and die (yes, in 16th century Europe).
  • I write my best when I have three tests that I really should be studying for. I’m not even kidding. I must be cursed. Writer’s high hit me exam week this year and it was the worst thing ever.
  • I also write really well between 11 pm and 2 am. 
  • Stuffed animals.
  • I have to be holding something when I write. I usually end up with a handful of clothes hangers.
  • I generally write better when I’m listening to music with lyrics than when I’m listening to instrumentals. I like listening to instrumentals when I have the mental freedom to concentrate on the music (I love me some Beethoven and Tchaikovsky!).
  • Cereal. Sweet cereal. Frosted flakes.
  • Also milk. But not in the cereal. Soggy cereal is the worst.
  • I don’t actually get any writing done when the previous two bullet points are involved. Pretty sure it’s just an excuse to eat on the couch.
  • I can’t edit unless I’m at least a little tired. If I try, it usually ends like this:

*opens laptop*

Me: LOL look at what this loser wrote. Such crap. Hahahahaha.

*closes laptop*

Or like this.

*opens laptop*

*delirious laughter*

*deletes entire book*

*defenestrates laptop*

So what are some of your writer quirks? Tell me in the comments!

-L

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