Most writers are a bit eccentric. We have our quirks. So, I’ll share some of mine with you, if you’ll share some of yours with me.
The Top Ten Reasons Why I’m A Quirky Writer:
1. I don’t like paper. Paper becomes clutter, and clutter distracts me.
2. I hate writing anything by hand. I procrastinate like crazy whenever I have to use penmanship.
3. When it’s nice outside, I prefer to write in my car in a parking lot at the beach.
4. Writing doesn’t feel right without a cat sleeping nearby. (I have two. Neither sleeps on my shoulder.)
5. Some of my best inspiration for dialogue and character development comes from reality shows. (The Duggers and Roloffs for happy family inspiration, The Real Housewives of [fill in the city] for utter chaos and dysfunction.)
6. Classical music helps me to concentrate when I write educational nonfiction. It transports me back to my days at the university and academia.
7. I prefer a laptop computer to a desktop. For me a laptop equals freedom. I don’t like being tethered to a desk.
8. I need to write in isolation and complete quiet. Even little noises bother me. I prefer to write late at night while the world sleeps.
9. Coffee. Coffee is very important when I write, but not just any old coffee. I fill a 16- ounce travel mug with a flavored latte that I make myself, or if it’s summer I make a flavored iced latte. I sip on that for hours.
10. I have unusual objects in my writing space. There’s a six-foot artificial alpine tree with white lights in my home office and a jackalope head on the wall. (I rescued him from a thrift shop, and I like to dress him up for holidays). Near my desk, I have a wonderful, ugly-face, kitchen match holder that belonged to my grandma (I store large paperclips in it, which I never use because I hate paper.)
So there you have it. I’ve shared some of my silly writing quirks with you.
What are some of yours?