My most prominent OCD is hygiene. There are certain things I can't do or touch, and I go crazy if somebody puts something from 'outside' (like a shopping bag) on 'inside' furniture like the rug in my room where I walk with my bare feet just before bed. O_O NO. Do not do that. e_e
But don't even let me get started on my books...
1. I do not break spines, ever.
Unless it can't be avoided, for example if the book is short and fat it's really hard to read and not break the spine.
2. Never. Fold. Corners. Use a bookmark or index marker.
The only problem is... if the index markers fall out then you have to write the number on them and then a short thing becomes a long-winded process. O_O
3. I always put books in a carrier bag before putting them in my bag.
- to stop them getting battered. This is why my brother can't borrow my books any more. He shoves them in his rucksack, and when I get it back (falling apart) it's not how I gave it to him (pristine).
4. STICKY FINGERS, WET FINGERS, OILY FINGERS... KEEP AWAY from my books...!
I used to read in the bath but bathtub is now my personal mindfulness/meditation/think about my future time, so no books allowed. Plus I HATE when books get wet and crinkly.
5. I shouldn't eat and drink while I read, but...
Let's be honest here. I do that ALL THE TIME. It's a bad habit, actually.
My book-care standards is what makes it awkward when people wanna borrow my books. I WANT them to borrow the books - I have so many, if no-one else enjoyed them it would feel like a shame. But I also don't want anybody to treat my babies - er, I mean my books badly. Also my friend gets kind of nervous borrowing books from me, which I feel a tiny bit guilty about.
1. Finish. The Scene.
Apparently, this actually hinders your flow. They always say - finish in the middle of a sentence so you can pick up where you left off! And I think, "Are you crazy?!" My biggest fear, being someone who had so many ideas, is to forget what I wanted to write. I ALWAYS finish my scenes before I stop, even if that means I don't get back into the flow of writing for another three weeks.
2. Typos galore
I can't touch type, I just type in this really shoddy, messy way that I've been doing since secondary school. When I was young, I believed people naturally learned touch typing when they got older and practised. Now I know that was an embarrassing lie, I type like a madman to capture the scene in my mind before it fades, and if I write that way I can't go back to fix typos immediately. So my drafts are almost always typo rich.
3. Post-it Notes
My long-time habit for writing things that pop into my head is... no, not a notebook, despite having enough notebooks to start a shop. It's scrap bits of paper, and post-its. I always forget to type them up or copy them into a notebook, so as a result many of my precious ideas float around my room for ages and probably get lost. This, of all my writerly habits, I hate the MOST.
4. I Abandon Planning
I begin a novel with the Concept. I create the Characters, Era, Setting. Then I GO GO GO. If I don't start typing immediately after this, chances are whatever sparked that creative drive for that idea will be lost. I only slow down and start planning it once that initial bit is down. That's just how my motor works.
5. There is only ONE CORRECT notebook
It took me years to figure out how I wanted to plan my books and scribbled ideas, charts and maps. There's this particular notebook I love that I've had since secondary school - It's an A5 ruled 'office book' by Oxford. I have one in red for older fantasy ideas, purple for my sci-fi stories, green for epic fantasies like Que$t and blue for... haven't decided yet. But actually I've learned that I can plan my novel best if I have PRECISELY THIS
- A4 notebook
- hardback if possible
- spiral-bound if possible
- pretty cover. That's a must. :3
This is hard to find, so I end up buying scrapbooks or sketchbook instead. Perfect.
By the way, Fiction Friday will probably start up again in February. I need to keep my skills sharp... if that's even a thing that can happen. O_O
Ashana Lian .
Do you have any reader-writer compulsive habits? Comment below!