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Friday, October 03, 2008

Unspectacular writing quirks

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). ;)


  1. All right! This will be a my J.O.B. tonight. I should have probalby told you that I tagged you last week before the conference. :) Outing my quirks sounds both fun and difficult! You did it great.

  2. I liked your twist by making it about writing. I hate to write too.Actually, i hate typing. Never learned how. So someday I'm going to get that fly-fusion pen thingy. lol! Thanks for the links in your psot, will check them out too.

  3. Aren't we all quirky? What a perfect question. :~) Thanks for sharing, Holly. I hope to answer you..SOON!

  4. Hee! I love these. What a great meme.

  5. A., feel free to steal it! I officially pass it on, if you'd like to post your own quirks! I, for one, would be quite curious to read them.