Since I can’t be bothered to come up with an original idea (hopefully I’ll think of one soon), I’m going to be doing the TCWT blog chains that took place before this blog existed. The first one I’m doing is from all the way back in November 2011, back when the world was about to end and I had no idea what Doctor Who was about.
The prompt: “What are your writer’s habits and eccentricities?”
I have many of these. Twelve hundred and seven to be exact, but I’ll just narrow it down to a small number to save time.
The most common thing I do while writing is accidentally switch from third person to first person and back again without realizing. It’s annoying, because then it ends up like this.
“Nick turned the corner and bumped into Carrie. “Sorry,” I said.
“It’s fine,” said Carrie. She and Nick both then went their separate ways.
See how confusing that was?
When it comes to character names, I have a habit of naming one of the main characters Jack or Jake. Not only that, but these characters have similar personalities in every work they’re in. Jack Greyson, a character in my April NaNoWriMo story, is a lot like Jake in My Super Awesome Time Novella (as in, they’re both jokesters who rarely take anything seriously), except he has a million times more character depth, which isn’t saying much. Similarly, my female characters usually have names that start with a C or an R. I don’t know why.
Some other habits are:
- I used to (but not so much anymore) overuse the word “whatnot.” I never realized this until after reading my first draft a few weeks ago.
- I like to listen to movie soundtracks when I write, common scores being from The Dark Knight, Kickass (Strobe) and Inception.
- I’ve also become obsessed with the Doctor Who soundtrack, particularly “The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box),” “I am the Doctor,” and “I See You Silence.“
- I write the best when I’m not supposed to be writing. Like if I have to complete a project due tomorrow and it’s currently eleven at night and I’m not even half done, I’ll suddenly be inspired to write a long, thought out post. That’s how How to be a Teen Writer Without Making Me Want to Punch You in the Face was written.
- I constantly think of moments from TV shows and movies that would work amazingly well in my own novel. I even imagine how everything would play out and how great it would be, before realizing that no, I can’t actually write that because that is plagiarism.
- Occasionally I’ll be in the middle of writing and the moment I get stuck, I switch tabs and go onto another website for ten minutes before getting back to writing. I know it wastes time, but I just can’t help it.
Now here are a list of all the other bloggers who participated:
April 5– http://correctingpenswelcome.wordpress.com–Comfy Sweaters, Writing, and Fish
April 6– http://towerofplot.blogspot.com — The Leaning Tower of Plot
April 7–http://lilyjenness.blogspot.com–Lily’s Notes in the Margins
April 8–http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com– From My Head
April 9–http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com–This Page Intentionally Left Blank
April 10–http://thewordasylum.wordpress.com–The Word Asylum
April 11–http://rachelsbookreviews.com–Rachel’s Book Reviews
April 12–http://noveljourneys.wordpress.com–Novel Journeys
April 13–http://delorfinde.wordpress.com–A Farewell to Sanity
April 14–http://swordofink.com–Sword of Ink
April 15–http://thedreamersadventures.blogspot.com–The Dreamers Adventures
April 16–http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com–The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer
April 17–http://herestous.wordpress.com–Here’s To Us
April 18–http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com–Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)