Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weird writing habits – what are yours?

For as long as I’ve been writing I’ve been fascinated by the habits writers develop, and the funny little superstitions they attribute to their ongoing success.  When I started writing my first book I decided that I would smoke a large cigar while writing the first page of every book I ever wrote form that point on, but that was many years ago, and that book ground to a halt as fast as the cigar habit (thankfully) did.

These days I do all my fiction writing in a certain seat in my lounge, with the net curtain propped up so that I can stare down the street and will inspiration to wander up the pavement and strike me between the eyes.  I also like to have a small pack of Aloe Vera alcohol hand gel with me; it’s not that writing is a dirty business, it’s more that spending a few seconds staring into the middle distance while applying the gel gives me a few moments to ponder the knots that I tie my writing into.

So there are my two little writing habits, but what are yours?  I’d love to know!


  1. Listening to certain music to get me started! I have to force myself off social media. Oh and I seem to have written most of my WIP in bed, under the duvet, when I normally surf/use my laptop anyplace in the flat. So the duvet is my source of my inspiration. errrrrrr....that's not quite what I meant!

    Anyway great post LOL - loving the handwipes - that adds a slight OCD-ness to you!


  2. Hi Andrew .. I seem to have books surrounding me! Constantly cross-referring and with the net ..

    But I'm not writing a book .. not sure what I'd do then ..

    Enjoy the longer days .. cheers Hilary