I’ve been asked if I have any quirky writer’s habits. And I have to say (chomp) that I absolutely (crunch, munch) positively (gulp, yum) don’t have any.
Sorry about that. You don’t mind if I eat eight Freddo Frogs while I write this post, do you?
|Make that nine.|
I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anyone to learn that I eat chocolate while I’m writing. A lot. I eat a lot of chocolate anyway, but when you’re sitting at a computer with words to write, people to please and deadlines to meet, it’s easier to justify eating a few
hundred more frogs. Or bars. Or blocks.
I eat chocolate, but that’s far from the quirkiest of my writer’s habits. So I’ll let you in on what I do when I’m stuck on something. When I’m yet to decide which direction to take a piece, or when I’m simply suffering from a good old fashioned case of writer’s block, I usually do one of two completely different things, depending on where I am, who’s with me and what I might have already done that day to combat writer’s block.
I will either get up, crank up the music to a favourite song, and belt it out at the top of my lungs. (Thorn in My Side, I Like You Better When You’re Not Around and Belle are particular favourites, as are any songs from Les Miserables or The Little Mermaid.)
Or, I will sit there and write to the general theme of what I’m doing in as Seussian a way as possible. I will rhyme, make up words, invent ridiculous scenarios that haven’t yet happened (and are most unlikely to), or do all three.
For example, if I’m writing a blog post about quirky writer’s habits and I can’t think of any to write about, I might write this:
Or if I’m writing a future best-selling dinosaur murder mystery set in Antarctica, and I’m not yet sure which dinosaur dunnit, I might write this:
Or if I’m writing a special Budget edition of a company’s e-newsletter (unfortunately, this is the exciting sort of thing I’m much more likely to be writing), and I’m a little uninspired by the actual Budget that was handed down (surely not?!), I might write the following:
(NB: If Mr Hockey announces a $100 million MP marshmallow program next month, just remember that you heard it here first.)
Each month, I receive a writing prompt as part of a link-up called Writers Reveal. This post was inspired by the prompt ‘Quirky Writer’s Habits’ from Ashley at Author Ashley Howland.
You can see what everyone else has done with the same prompt at:
Do you have any quirky writer’s habits? How do you deal with writer’s block?