Hi guys, I’m adding a new feature/discussion post that I’ll be calling Quid Pro Quo, Chesca, where we basically share stories to one another. If you have watched Silence of the Lambs, you would know the infamous line Quid pro quo, doctor spoken by Clarice as she amd Hannibal Lecter exchange information to catch a serial-killer. Mind you that this segment is free of serial killers or cannibals so please don’t think I’d suddenly skin you alive or something.
Now, let’s get on to the topic of discussion. Writing habits. Writing is perhaps the easiest job of all time and, at the same time, the most difficult. It doesn’t require too much movement, and you don’t need to spend money putting your pen on paper or typing a sentence on your word processor. It’s basically do or not and we form habits along the way. It may be because writing is so darn hard you got to do something else every hour or so. Or perhaps you do something to warm you up before grinding through words and paragraphs.
I am personally a restless person. If you tell me to keep still for ten minutes doing absolutely nothing, I’ll start to fidget and feel itchy all over me. I could perfectly sit still with nothing but my thoughts of course but that would be asking me to sleep as well.
This becomes prevalent when I’m writing. For instance, it took me two days to write the Leonard Peacock review. In between typing and editing, I get up, grab the ice tray, and munch the ice I could pick up with my finger. A fact about me is that I chew ice when I am stressed or hungry, which happens every time I get home from work. If I could eat the whole darn freezer, I would. My ice munching habit gets more severe when I’m writing. At this moment, I just walked downstairs to our freezer to grab onto the ice tray again (there were no ice, apparently and now I am frustrated). If there is no ice, I eat cookies (no cookies today as well). I cook a short meal (that I did). I cook a full-course meal (that I also did). Sometimes, I aimlessly walk around the house to sort out my thoughts. I only do these things when I’m alone. It’s a different matter when my sister and cousins are home and they usually make me ditch writing all together and cook fries or something.
So what do you do while you write?
What do you do at the moment you face your screen and decide ‘I am so writing something funny today.’ Do the words quickly flow at the tip of your fingers? Do you get a drink of milk first? Do you do cartwheels every ten minutes? Share your experiences below!