Thursday, May 20, 2010

Creatures of Habit

Every morning after my shower I find my cat Bailey sitting  at attention on my bed. She’ll let me pet her on the head two times and then she lets out a meow and leaps from her perch and scampers toward the kitchen. This is my cue to feed her breakfast. It happens every morning. On weekends, she does the same thing but she’s come to realize that if I sleep in, there may not be a morning shower to delay her breakfast. She’s a creature of habit that’s for sure.

I’ve realized that I’m a creature of habit when it comes to writing. When I begin a story, I don’t write it down right away, I like to think it through before I put pen to paper. I think about the major plot points to make sure that I have a clear direction and to ensure that I have a beginning, middle and an end to a piece. Once I think it through, I write the story longhand and then type the pages into the computer. I find I edit myself as I type to it gives me an extra revision.

What about you? Anybody out there a creature of habit like Bailey and me?

Anon, (yep another habit I’ve formed)



  1. I am definitely a creature of habit, especially when it comes to writing. I have Pierre Cardin pens that are weighted and balanced that I use when I write. I can't write very well without my special pen. I have a special rock a friend gave me that's a writing totem. I keep essential oil that she gave me handy also. It's Bath and Body Works and it's called "Mental Clarity." When she gave it to me she called it, "Muse in a Bottle."

    I use the same thick headphones every time to listen to my ipod while I write and I only write to classical music. Words are distracting.

  2. I WISH I had the habit of writing a perfect first draft instead of rewriting and rewriting and rewriting and....