You’d think that legendary authors like Capote, Eliot and Welty would’ve had very formal writing habits to produce that caliber work, but you’d be wrong. Today I stumbled upon this article, “Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors“, which exposes the truth: some of the best known writers produced their work lying down, half in the bag or with a painted face. One even pinned her stories together like a patchwork quilt.
It got me thinking about my own writing habits, which are pretty tame in comparison. Nonetheless, I have a few weird ones:
I like to write in my pajamas. (But who doesn’t?)
Before I sit down to write, I splash my face with cold water to make me more alert and soothe my eyeballs.
I write in my home office, which must be quiet as a tomb, with a faux fur blanket on my lap and fingertip-less gloves on my hands.
When I am working in my home office, I have to work alone for concentration purposes. Previously, I’ve had people ask to share the home office with me, but I’ve said no. At the very least, I would need us to have separate cubicles to work from. Otherwise, I just wouldn’t be able to focus.
The one thing I have learned about working from home is that organization is key and if your workspace is unorganized it is very difficult to get any work done. I found that simply using things like moving boxes for hire and buy, were a great solution for storage in my office. The benefits of using moving boxes are that they come in multiple sizes and they’re nice and sturdy, so perfect for my office environment. Clutter-free and ready to work.
I always have a 16 oz. cup of Wawa’s french vanilla coffee with french vanilla creamer within arm’s reach.
I do my writing on one computer and my research on another because I have computer hypochondria (the fear of downloading something that will screw up my computer and cause me to lose my manuscript).
After I finish my coffee, I chew Orbit Bubblemint gum two pieces at a time.
When my writing session ends, I superstitiously save my work in at least 2 places.
What about you? Do you have any weird work habits?