As the month progresses, I got waaaay behind on the Writer’s Digest Platform Challenge while my parents were here. It seemed we were on the run so much that in the evenings (or nights, I guess) when I finally got back home and got my computer open, I was too tired to even put my fingers to the keyboard, let alone formulate words into a blog post or any sort of coherent sentence. So yesterday I spent a lot of time catching up, finishing a post that I had been trying to write since Sunday, and attempting to get back into the frame of mind I need to be come November.
I also started a poem for the Wednesday Poetry Prompt this week. That’s when I noticed something very odd about my writing habits. Or maybe it’s just odd to me.
I write poetry longhand. I don’t type it, all neat on the screen. I carry a notebook that I scribble the words in, cross some out, reword it, draw arrows as I change line orders or even take them out entirely. I brought my notebook in the house with me after work in order to keep working on it (didn’t happen, unfortunately…long story short there was a trip to Wal-Mart for a hunting license when Dylan got home). I’ve written it on smaller notepads and sticky notes even, the words never making it to the computer until after it is deemed mostly complete.
My stories, however…my stories are almost always typed first. I do occasionally write them longhand, but that’s a rare occurrence. I’m not sure why they flow to me better when my fingers can touch the letters of the keyboard, but that always seems to be the case. I have written a couple stories on my phone as well, but that’s less preferable than longhand.
It just seemed odd to me that I write this way. So now I pose the question to you…what are your writing quirks? Do you have a habit that has to happen for the creativity to flow? I’d be interested to hear it!