I consider myself a bit of a quirky person.
For example, I don’t like wooden spoons--can’t stand them! If I know one is in the house, I can’t sleep. I also don’t like people touching my feet. Yeah, yeah, I know how great foot massages can feel, but the idea of someone kneading or pressing on the bottom of my feet makes my toes curl in fear! The other big quirk of my life revolves around birds. I hate birds. They fly too close, poop in midair, and certain birds will even peck at you in order to steal your hot dog. I refuse to go anywhere near an aviary.
I’m sure my long suffering husband could go on and on and on about my zillion other quirks!
I do have a few writing quirks, too.
I struggle every day with what I call “writing resistance.” I love writing and nothing makes me as happy as the joy of putting together strong characters and fun plot twists. Every moment I spent writing the Naughty Shakespeare series was wonderful--when I made myself settle down and write. You see, like many writers, I find that there are many things that make me resist sitting down and writing like I should. Facebook, Twitter, email--they are the bane of the writer resistance. One of my quirks is that I must read all emails, update my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and check my emails again before I get down to the business of writing. If I don’t do it, I feel oddly guilty...
Another quirk for me is that I can’t write if someone else is in the room. My favorite writing space is in my bedroom. It’s a plain little area with nothing very exciting about it, but if someone enters the room or is lying on the bed, I get agitated. I can’t fully immerse myself into my work. I’m constantly thinking they are looking over my shoulder, reading my erotic scenes, about to bop me on the head. I usually have to minimize my screen and give whoever is in my space ugly looks until they leave.
My favorite quirk is my candle ritual. I have two tall “Jesus” candles on my desk. I do my best writing when they are both lit. Don’t know why. Don’t know how. But there it is! When Jesus is lit, my mind gets creative!
I suppose I should be grateful for these little quirks because they do keep me productive. I couldn’t have written my Naughty Shakespeare series without being aware of them! In fact, I like to think because I have my quirks the characters in Ophelia’s Lessons do, too! However, their quirks tend to be much sexier than mine!
Any other quirky writers out there?