Today is October 1st, which means it’s exactly one month until the beginning of NaNoWriMo. Which means it’s time to start thinking about plots and outlines, and compiling galleries of inspiration images, and filling out character questionnaires, and putting together writing playlists. (If preparation is your thing, of course–I have great admiration for the pantsers, though I’ll never be one of them.)
I’ve never actually used a writing playlist, myself–that is, actually listened to music as I’m writing. I have certain songs that I’d hope would make the soundtrack were there ever to be a feature film version of my novel, of course–usually tracks from Hans Zimmer soundtracks, to be honest. But I can’t listen to music while I write. I find it distracting.
I do have other writing idiosyncrasies, though. I like to have a hot drink close by–though usually it sits there and gets cold while I type away, so maybe I just like the idea of having a hot drink close by. I like to be sitting in my overstuffed armchair while I write. Usually if I go to a public place–a library, a coffeeshop–I don’t end up getting much writing done at all. And I like to write when it’s overcast or raining outside.
What are some of your writing tics and routines?