After agonizing over something to share with everyone, I finally decided to focus on a few of my odd quirks when it comes to writing and ask if any of you have them as well.
Unlike most people that prefer sticky pads and computer programs to keep their stories in line, I'm a cheap-o composition pad lover all the way. I have one for each story I've ever written, and even purchase the little-bitty ones to keep in my purse when the brain is a stewing over a new plot, characters, or a story I just can't seem to get out of my mind. I get odd looks sometimes when diving for the pen that is often lost in the monstrosity of what I call a Mom purse (which can occur anywhere, including the movies), but I've found it works best for me.
Some of my other odd habits?
Listening to Music and making "mini-movies".
When I can't work a scene or can't "see" it right in my head, I'll pop on some music to create the mood and let my brain go. If I'm lucky, I can accomplish this while doing mundane chores around the house. Tackling two birds with one stone and all that.
Playing it "odd".
When the story just isn't flowing well and I want to go postal, I'll go full on silly instead. It's always fun to open a new word document and place the characters that aren't giving you squat into odd situations to see how it plays out. One time I had my hero and heroine combating large roach-like insects inside a warehouse using nothing more than a hand kettle of Jiffy-Pop and a case of Coca-Cola. Think a funny version of the movie "The Mist", minus Thomas Jane and that creepy Marcia Gay Harden woman.
Writing a scene in first person, then switching it up.
I love doing this. It helps me gain a feel of the character and hear their distinct voice. I don't do this often because it becomes a project of it's own, but writing something in a first person narrative from the hero or heroine's perspective truly does give you a fresh outlook on the material.
Those are just a few odd things I do when the mood isn't there and I need to re-group or take a break. Most of them are meant to be (and are) fun and relaxing. Sometimes, that's the only way to combat the stress of daily writing.
What are some of the things you do to stay on track? Share with a comment. I can't wait to read your answers.