Somewhere in the world, it is still Wednesday, so I’m going to lead with that–this post is for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) hosted on the first Wednesday of each month.
The question for June IWSG is:
Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
I do not know that I have secrets, and if I do, they’re a secret I’m yet to discover. I have a few quirks as a writer, though, and I’ve never really shared them at one place, so here goes.
I hate all of my writing. I’m the harshest critic there is for my own work. My goal as a writer is to reach a day when I look back at my own work ten years ago and be pleased with it. Unlikely to happen soon.
Most of my writing is done on the keyboard, but I definitely like writing by hand. I have tons of notebooks where I work on the pre-writing of my novels, the first drafts of my flash fiction, or just pour out my angst with the world.
The best places for me to write are food courts, especially near train stations, so I can watch a cross-section of humanity. That has taken a hit recently because in the past few months I’ve seldom stirred about.
Snacking while writing is one of my failings–I try and stock healthy options at home, mostly fruit, yoghurt, granola–but these days I’ve developed an unhealthy addiction to butter.
The theme of all of my writing is injustice, I think–because in my real life too, I’m drawn to protest against what is not right with the world. I’m trying to get to a place of less judgement and more equanimity, but it will take a while.
I steal from everyone. Whether I’ve met you online or off, I’m likely to have whipped off a snippet of your life or your anecdotes and used it in my work–changing names, genders, cultural identities, contexts. This can happen years after we’ve met or spoken, and is mostly subconscious. Once or twice, it has been quite conscious and I have disclosed the theft to the owners. None of them seemed to mind.
So that’s enough about my writing. What about you–what are your writing or reading quirks? Have you shared any of them with the world? What snacks are your favourite, where do you write or read the best?
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