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Weird personal writing rituals, let me show you them. [Sep. 18th, 2010|11:43 am]
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Fact: I can't start a story in earnest until I've both mapped out the emotional landscape of the story—and believe me, this doesn't even mean particulars as such, it just means that I have this amorphous actual shape or imprint in my head and under my skin that tells me what the story will feel like as a whole, how it will settle in that space in my chest, okay, dammit, I'm a freak—and, oddly enough, have a title.

What are your tics when it comes to starting/producing fan-work?

[User Picture]From: clay_roses
2010-09-18 11:10 am (UTC)
Compared to the other responses you've gotten, mine will seem quite shallow, but...I have to have a bottle of water beside me. It doesn't matter if I'm thirsty or not. If there is no bottle of water on my desk, near my chair, etc., then I become horribly distracted until I get one.

As far as my actual writing goes...I have to have at least a few keywords scratched out on regular notebook paper, sort of a touchstone for my mind. They could be just a few prompt words (usually nouns) or as complex as an almost fully-fleshed out scene, but unless I have those 'touchstone' words to glance upon every once and a while, I drift.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-09-18 11:16 am (UTC)
Actually, I love your response because it admits to the need for proper set-dressing! I have to be seated at the far left end of the couch. Not on the right, not in the middle. Far left end, farthest away from the television, so I can put my feet up on my computer slip-case on the coffee table. So: your water bottle = Very important.
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[User Picture]From: emerald_embers
2010-09-18 11:30 am (UTC)
I have a cousin who can't start an art project unless she has a small bowl of pick and mix to hand. Her art teachers at school started letting her bring it in because her work genuinely would turn out better if she could pick at the little snacks in between painting/sketching!
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