Do you have any weird writing quirks? What does your writing routine look like? Meet Lindsey Loucks, a fab YA author, who's sharing her very unique writing habits. Read on and show some love!
Somehow I Still Have My Eyebrows: A Writing Routine
My pessimist half is laughing at me right now. In between chuckles, it’s asking, “What writing routine? You haven’t written anything in weeks!” Excuse me while I grab the duct tape.
*bites tape from roll and smacks a strip onto pessimist’s mouth*
There we go. All better. Pessimist is right, though. I haven’t written anything in weeks, but that’s all part of my routine. Even though life often gets in the way of writing, I can still think about my stories and characters. They all need to marinate in my brain for a while and eventually drive me crazy enough so I have to put pen to paper. I try to hold off on the crazies until summer vacation when I have the time and energy. I’m a K-12 librarian, by the way. Go Wildcats!
|Not Lindsey's actual eyebrows.|
With a fresh can of diet pop at the ready, I sit at the kitchen table with my notebook and pen. I’ve tried writing at the computer to save me time, but I’m too focused on correct spelling, punctuation, or the perfect verb to get the story out. The words don’t flow as well as with paper and pen.
There has to be absolute silence while I write. No music. No crying cat (that means you, Jesse). Just the sound of my pen scribbling across the paper.
I write and write and write, then I stare off into space. This is where things really get weird. Are you ready? Okay. Here we go. While my brain churns over the next scene, I pluck out stray eyebrow hairs. It helps me think. I guess. I don’t really know. But soon I’m scribbling away again, and somehow I still have eyebrows! Yay! *throws confetti* Hurray for still having eyebrows!
In the evenings, I type my chapters, then get them ready to post to my lovely critique group. One of my critique buddies looks a lot like the fantabulous Mysti Parker. Hi, Mysti! Thanks for letting me be here!
Lindsey R. Loucks writes horror, dark fantasy, dark comedy, and whatever else dark she can think up. She is currently querying her second young adult novel. Her short stories have appeared in Work Literary Magazine, Weirdyear, The Red Asylum, Every Day Fiction, and will appear in a future issue of Yellow Mama.
Twitter - @LindseyRLoucks