Weird Writers and Their Weird Habits!
There are four winners in the contest for Writers with Weird Habits. To refresh your memory, just check below. I said I’d give a free copy of one of my stories to the winners and would post the winning subs. Here, as promised, are the winners and their subs.
1. Loren writes that just as Victor Hugo locked away his clothes in his house to finish the The Hunchback of Notre Dame, “I recently hit on a similar technique when I lent out my car for a few months.” Now, some of us might consider this to be a bit extreme, but it worked and she got her car back!
2. Kate Larkindale says, “I don’t think I have any super-weird habits like these [the writerly habits in the last post] but I never finish work for the day at the end of a scene or chapter. I always write a few lines into the next one so I know where I was going when I pick up again the next day.” Hmm, sounds sensible and practical to me. What’s weird, though, is often in the eye of the beholder.
3. Rhea Rhodan writes, “When writing a draft, I employ Kate’s technique as well. For generating ideas (either between or during stories), I often use a (randomly drawn) pair of tarot cards as writing prompts. One such scene prompted my most recent release (The Legacy of Buchanan’s Crossing), and I used several tarot-pair generated scenes in it as well. I blogged about it last week here: http://clarissajohal.blogspot.com/2014/02/mixed-up-tuesday-guest-blogger.html ”
Rhea concludes by asking, “Does this count?”
I informed Rhea that it most certainly does, and I urge you all to click on her link and visit the site to see what she means. What beautiful graphics! It would be hard not to feel some kind of inspiration upon beholding them. I might add that writing prompts, whether of graphics, posters, sentences, or what-have-you, have been often used to inspire creativity.
4. Last, my friend Jas Calhoun writes, “I have a really strange habit. I send stuff to you.” Stuff being poems, etc. he writes. And I guess sending stuff to ME is even stranger than being Jas Calhoun.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is sometimes known as “The Recluse of Amherst,” for she lived most of her lonely life alone within the four walls of her home. Her nearly 1800 poems contain no titles or dates. Talk about her neurotic and eccentric habits which I won’t go into except to say they are often part of the price one pays for being a creative genius.
Kelton Reid, in “8 Strange Rituals of Productive Writers” (http://www.copyblogger.com/writing-rituals/) writes:
“Charles Dickens and Henry Miller both used to wander around Europe trying to get lost, a technique that psychologists say can foster creativity.
“My friend and prolific travel journalist Adam Skolnick used to write only in a sarong.
“Steven Pressfield uses an ancient ritual of reciting Homer’s invocation of the Muse before he types a word. He’s in good company, as they were invoked by Shakespeare, Milton, and Chaucer too.”
Enough strange habits and rituals for now. Perhaps sanity and conformity are the true weirdness.