My Weird Writing Habits

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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––Comfy Sweaters, Writing, and Fish

April 6– — The Leaning Tower of Plot

April 7––Lily’s Notes in the Margins

April 8–– From My Head

April 9––This Page Intentionally Left Blank

April 10––The Word Asylum

April 11––Rachel’s Book Reviews

April 12––Novel Journeys

April 13––A Farewell to Sanity

April 14––Sword of Ink

April 15––The Dreamers Adventures

April 16––The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer

April 17––Here’s To Us

April 18––Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)


8 thoughts on “My Weird Writing Habits

  1. Cute! When writing, I also ask myself fundamental “why” questions when the grammatical explanation does not seem obvious. For example, I recently looked up the difference between “any time” and “anytime” (the first one is more formal) 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading. One thing that always confused me was whether or not you had to use a comma before the word “and.” As in, “One, two, and three,” or “One, two and three.” I almost always go with the latter now, but I know a lot of people who think the comma should be there and a bunch of other people who don’t.

      1. It’s style. AP dictates that you use the comma. If you were writing a longer list, you’d use it — i.e. one little brown squirrel, two fat bunnies, and a big yellow dog. Basically, comma use is for your readers, to show them where you want them to take that small pause.

        Punctuation is a gift to the reader can you imagine what it would be like if no one ever used it we would all think we had a mental disorder and no one would ever want to read anything ever again. 🙂

  2. This makes me sad… TCWT hasn’t had a blog chain for a very, very long time.

    But good post all the same. It’s good to know your habits (especially your C and R naming tendencies, your Jake clones, and whatnot). Even if you don’t decide to mess with any of them, you’re cognizant that you do these things so you can stop if you wish.

    And yes, plagiarism is bad.

    1. Plagiarism definitely is bad, and it gets frustrating at times when I feel like all the good ideas have been taken.

      I miss the blog chains. Although I suspected this would happen when reading their last post. The moment someone says “I’m taking a temporary hiatus” on their blog is usually about the time they disappear forever.

      1. Yes. It’s unfortunate how many people have stolen the ideas obviously meant for awesome people like us.

        Indeed. It’s sad when that happens… Perhaps I should leave a comment or something and ask if some of us can get a chain going under their name.

  3. I’m in love with Doctor Who. Sorry just had to put that out there. I’ll do that same thing you were talking about, how you write when you’re not supposed to. I did that today during class when I was supposed to read The Hobbit. Haha oops? Great job, I love the way you write, it flows really well!!!

  4. I have the same problem with accidental plagiarism. I finally came up with something original from a dream and I thought I had overcome it, but then I didn’t have another dream for the next half a year.

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