I thought that since you put up with all my other rants about writing, you might like to get to know me a little better.
Here goes (no judging)
One thing I've discovered about myself during all my years of writing, is that I have developed some quirks that I don't think one would consider...normal.
I'm sure we've all got things that we do that we don't realize we even do. I'm sure I have some I still don't know about.
My First Quirk:
When I'm editing, I liked to read out loud (it helps you catch your mistakes). But that's not the quirk...wait for it...Not only do I read out loud, but I usually end up going into a British accent...I am not British, but that doesn't stop me from fluxing my voice like i'm from London.
I read voices...or I should say "in voices".
While reading in a British accent, I lower or raise my pitch as if I were doing all the different character voices.
Imagine how you would read a picture book to a child and you've got it, only I'm just reading it to myself. Haha
When I write longhand, I write sideways. As in, when I place a piece of paper on the desk, it is not facing vertical; instead, it is turned onto its side (horizontally) and I write from bottom to top.
Yet, when you straighten the paper, my writing is straight across and perfectly legible.
(I've got skills)
When writing by hand, typing or editing, I end up tilting my head to the right; so much so that I've earned myself an impressive knot in my shoulder that I like to call Javier.
I have to catch myself and consciously think of keeping my head straight.
My characters control the story. I just try my hardest to get it all down before they throw another twist at me. In fact, I wrote an entire blog post about it. Read it here.
Yet Another Quirk: (I know, I know)
While editing, I like to have something noisy in my hands. For example, a clicky pen or something with a snap on it; basically something to keep my hands busy with something that gives me the satisfaction of clicking.
The sound doesn't register with me, after all, I'm editing, but it is not a lot of fun for anyone who happens to be around me.
Last Quirk: (I promise)
And finally, I cannot sit in a computer chair like a normal person (with both feet on the ground and back straight). I prefer to type with one leg tucked under my other, until I can no longer feel it. Then I switch, having to bounce my foot up and down to regain blood flow, all the while squirming in my chair as i'm trying to edit.
Well there you have it, a little glimpse into the chaos that is my mind.
Like I said, I probably have more quirks that I haven't realized yet. I think they are funny because I catch myself doing them all the time!
And I know I'm not the only one, so let's hear one of your quirks!