Everybody has quirks. These preferences and habits may be visible to the public or only noticeable by the most observant person. For instance, when I eat a meal in a restaurant, I hate it when my tablemates pick food from my plate. If my friend's hand reaches across to grab one of my french fries, my throat closes up and have to tell myself that it will be alright. When it comes to sleeping, I can't go to sleep with the bedroom door open or without being under the covers. So now you know two of my hidden quirks.
Likewise, I have found I have preferences when it comes to writing. I write best very early in the morning. My mind is fresh and I can get more accomplished in one hour predawn than I can in three hours at night. I prefer to do all my serious writing before noon. Piping hot coffee is also a requirement.
When I have a problem with a plot in a manuscript, I won't be able to solve it at the computer. There are several places far more conducive to working out the kinks. I will have to work ahead and skip the problem until I can think while in the shower, bed, or car. These are the ideal locations for the great epiphany to hit.
When I start a new manuscript, I am bothered by the lack of a name. I cannot wait until the
end of a work to stick the perfect name on it. I will be plagued by names popping into my head during the first stages, so I might as well put a title on it. It feels like having a dog that you spend time with daily and calling it "dog."
I use the computer for most of my work, but I will write outlines on paper. That's the prewriting stage. There are a couple of small journals I carry around for this very purpose. During editing, I also like paper. I can catch mistakes better when I read them on paper than on the computer screen.
To keep my writing on track, I love schedules, timelines, and calendars. I make schedules for myself on an online calendar and refer to it constantly. And although I don't always meet all those deadlines I set for myself, I know what my goals are. So, now you know some of my writing quirks. Do you have any quirks? Sure your do!
BLURB for Whisper of Memory:
Weapons training and winter formals — a deadly combination.
Mia's always had a plan to be ordinary and blend in at Whispering Woods High. Being a portal-finding synesthete who dates a guy from another dimension sort of ruins that plan. Then she discovers that her missing older brother is involved in some interdimensional drama. Between learning about weaponry, getting formalwear, and catching the bad guy, who has time for ordinary?