Writing this blog has brought me many unexpected pleasures, not the least of which is having all of you *come* into my life! However, it has also made me examine how I write and has brought some of my habits into sharp relief.
My biggest habit?
I mutter. I mutter a lot.
My muttering roots go back to high school when I was studying for finals.
Moment of silent gratitude for never having to write high school exams again. Especially math.
I learned very quickly that I retained information better if I said it out loud. I think better out loud. This muttering commenced again when I was studying for exams in University.
Another moment of silent gratitude.
When I started writing my mystery games and my novel, I quickly discovered my muttering habit was still with me. I mutter as I plot. I mutter as I discover motives or who each of my characters are. Not all my muttering is productive; I admit to a fair amount of editorial comment such as:
"That makes no sense, you idiot"
"You've already used that motive",
"What this story really needs is a large giraffe to wander in and drop a significant clue".
Strangely enough, I DO NOT say my dialogue out loud. I can hear it clear enough in my head and my years of theatre have taught me what works and what rings false.
My muttering necessitates that I work at home, if I indulge in this habit in public I tend to be the recipient of odd looks.
I choose to believe the odd looks are in response to this quirk, not my wardrobe choices or appearance. Leave me to my delusions. Thank you.
I wander about my house, asking questions. "Why did he/she die?" "How did it happen?" and most importantly, "Why did it have to happen now?" Answers to these questions mean a dash to my laptop and quick notes being written. I will also sit and just type my thoughts as I've discovered just letting my fingers do the talking will (sometimes) lead me to a gem. Gems lead to a satisfied exclamation. Out loud. Yet another reason to stay home.
Do you talk out loud as you write? As you plot? Do your writing habits enable you to be able to write whilst out in the world?