Assuming that all of the readers of this blog are writers like me, we all do things that those “normal people” consider strange in one way or another. Perhaps you cannot focus without your favorite snack by your side or you let your entire social life fall apart. Nonetheless, us writers are an unusual group of weirdos. So I figured, today’s blog should be a list of some of the most common, strange habits that writers tend to pick up.
Talking to Yourself
This one is likely a common thing that everyone does, whether they want to admit it or not, but it gets even stranger when you write fiction. Ever spoken to yourself as if you were talking to one of your characters? Yeah… me too.
Things Start to Get Smelly
Needless to say, writers tend to love getting stuck in a story. But have you ever gotten so busy writing your novel or short story that you forgot to shower, brush your teeth, eat, or change your clothes? Mhm… me too, and it’s something loved ones tend to point out, so avoid this one at all costs, especially if you don’t write as a full-time job.
Acting Out the Scene
Say you want to know how it sounds if you do one thing or another in your novel, so you decide to act it out. It’s actually more common than you might think. I do it, at least.
Different Sleep Pattern
Ever gotten a phone call at 11 a.m. and you’re sleeping because you were up till 4 in the morning, working on your novel? The truth is, creative people are a lot more productive at night, and this may seem outside the norm to those unfortunate “normal people.” Oh well….
This is a more famous one, since Edger Allen Poe supposedly got himself drunk and wrote his poetry and fiction while intoxicated. Some other writers do this, which is interesting to me. Personally, I’d never do it. But if that’s how you roll, who am I to stand in the way?
Scrambling to Protect the Computer Screen?
Ever had someone come up behind you and ask you what you’re working on, only for you to cover the screen and have them get offended? It likely has something to do with the fact that you’re drafting the project and it’s not ready to be read, but what do I know? I’m only the writer in the room.
Dropping What You’re Doing to Take Notes
If any writing habit is more common than the others, it’s this one. I can’t tell you how many writers have an idea for a story that comes out of nowhere. And from my understanding, it always results in them dropping what they’re doing to find something to write on. Nowadays, we have the iPhone with a notepad, but it wasn’t always like this. And as a writer, when inspiration strikes, remember that this one happens to all of us.
There’s likely a good 15-20 things I could post, but I’ll stop the list there. That’s it for now.
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