I’ve been tagged by Cinde to post six of my unspectacular quirks. How to narrow it down to just six mundane details of my life? Ah, I know. How about, unspectacular writing quirks?
First, the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 unspectacular quirks you have.
4. Tag 6 bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each person’s blog to let them know they’ve been tagged.
The Top 6:
1. I don’t actually like to write. I like to think about ideas, and I like to have written, but the writing part is the old open-a-vein thing for me. But I hear this is rather common – Thomas Mann said, “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Yeah.
2. When I get a book idea, it seems to come (or at least it has for the first several novel ideas) all at once. Laini Taylor describes it as a jungle flyover in a helicopter. Don’t know what’s actually down there, but I do know what it looks like from ten thousand feet up. Then I have to go hack and slash through it. (Btw, that’s why I really like Laini’s writing blog, Not for Robots, because we seem to have a lot in common in our writing processes and her ideas make sense to me – she’s coming to Seattle to talk about it in December! Yay!!)
3. I love to make spreadsheets. Character arcs. Story arcs. Meyer’s Briggs. Seven Deadly Sins. Chapter analyses. This part is so fun! It almost makes revision bearable.
4. I hate to revise. That’s why I go to Darcy Pattison’s website, Revision Notes – because she breaks it all down so wonderfully and sensibly, and I can put all those spreadsheets to work without making myself crazy (or only a little bit crazy).
5. I have written terrible picture books. Dreadful ones. 1600-word rhyming ones. Thank God I discovered writing YA novels, and hopefully someday people will enjoy reading them!
6. I have two more novel ideas, a fantasy, and even a picture book that I think might actually be pretty good. I have dreams of becoming versatile and prolific and wonderful like Jane Yolen. Sigh.
Now I would love to hear quirks (writing quirks or regular quirks) from Lorie Ann Grover, Justina Chen Headley, Dia Calhoun (who will be starting a blog soon!), Jackie Parker, Jolie Stekly, Laurie Thompson, and Kim Baker (that’s seven, so sue me). ;)