I love to write but it's difficult for me to remain steadily motivated. It's a constant push for many of us to nurture the discipline of continued writing.
I think most writers are introverts who thrive on personal time and the quiet clicking of their keyboard. Nothing suits me more than a hot latte or tea, a comfortable space, alone time, and my laptop. A few hours with a crowd and I am stressed (although usually inspired with new ideas nonetheless) and ready to get back to my "cozy corner"!
This is so true--at least for me.
For me, the desire for privacy and personal time is key. Recently, committing to work due to both what my work is, as well as wanting to be free has been my issue. I also need to be motivated to write like others have mentioned.
I am the same way I love mostly silence when I am writing and hate crowds but always seeing new stories when in them. I avoid the cell and I fight the fear of some reading my work even if I know I have done it well. I love to write stories in my head at night while I lie in bed and grab a folder I keep by my bed to write my ideas and starts of stories or articles.
Yeah I like my personal space, there's nothing wrong with being introverted if you have a social life on the side lol
I have run several SEO courses to groups and individuals alike, I have to admit that I have met quite a few characters that way!
I don't quite (tries to hide an eye twitch) understand what you mean by the (runs around the house naked howling like a wolf) question?
When you say (starts to lick self) quirks, have you ever noticed that (giggles uncontrollably) in the forums at all ??
This is going to sound a lot more negative than it really is ("attitude-wise"), but I think my quirk is that I can't make myself care about my writing. I enjoy writing when I'm writing (but then I can enjoy washing dishes when I'm washing dishes too). I'm actually happier with the end results of having washed dishes (which is having sparkling dishes) than I am with, say, 4000 words I've written over the course of a three or four hours. Last night I started what was going to be Hub but turned into a 4000-word thing (so it won't be a Hub now). I'm satisfied that it's actually well written (I think), but when I started to think about what I may do with it, I realized (as I often do) that I'm pretty much done with it. It's all written. I had my few hours of writing entertainment. I don't care what happens to it at this point. It's just more "blah blah" (even if I think it's reasonably well written "blah blah").
my quirk, is that, i keep saying, i am not going to write any more. I have decided i do not want to earn money from writing, just have it has a hobby.....
So why do i keep finding myself on hub pages, connecting to like minded people, and just generally NEEDING to write..... it puzzles me..... it takes up a lot of time also. Am I mad or something.....
I hate not being able to sleep due to all the ideas going through my head...
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Thanks for the image, oscillationatend-my night will be pleasantly filled with Gene Wilder!
Actually, one of my quirks is that it takes a long, long time for me to construct a hub, or any writing. That inner editor of mine is a harsh mistress.
Just keep sprinkling parts of one hub here, one hub there..eventually you'll get something.
Fellow writers, I am enjoying your comments. I, too, highly prize my alone time with my words and keyboard. Key things I have learned about being a writer is to edit, edit, edit, edit, then edit some more. And the other major key...Is to write as if each word costs you a dollar (in other words, be concise and to the point) however, with creative writing, you can be flowery.
My writing quirks: too many ideas in my head so I make lists--lots of lists about things to write about. Then I read and research and read and research the topic until my head spins and spins and spins.
Three years ago, I put lots of my writings on a CD data disk and gave each family member a copy...Well, they all thought I was dying and these were my final words. Yes, my friends, writers can be quirky people. But, it's OK. I'm quirky, you;re quirky.
I have a ton of personality quirks, but I'm not sure that I can really blame writing for them...they've just always been there, and my weirdnesses amuse me. On that note, I too treasure my peace and quiet and only seek interaction outside of my family once or twice a week. My husband also likes things fairly quiet when he's home since he spends his days in a very crowded, noisy OR where at least half the people seem to think something is wrong if they're not talking, so we get along well on that count. Reading and writing are sacred pursuits in our house and must never be interrupted, and we're both happy to leave the phone off most of the time.
I've enjoyed reading everyone's responses.
For me, I need peace and quiet, lots of time to think. Too much commotion, not enough time to think equals an Unhappy Rafini.
I'm an extreme introvert and need peace and quiet so I can think when writing too. I have to jot down ideas in a notebook otherwise they go around and around in my head. I've always been more articulate writing than in oral communication (which can be a frustrating exercise)
I think most writers have a lot going on in their heads. At least I do. I know I tend to be very analytical and often start to over-think things far too much. I have a journal on my person at all times to write for times like these. Writing is a good release for mindless brain chatter. Why? Maybe because when you write, you focus the majority of efforts and thoughts on the next word you are about write..there's no time for other thoughts to clutter your brain.
Writing takes a selection of all thoughts floating around your head, narrows them into a funnel, and spits them out on paper. I think most writers are a little weird too...a good weird.
I tend to go in extremes in both directions. One day I can be self absorbed and think I'm writing gold, and the next I'm self defeating and I think what I'm doing is either crap or not getting done fast enough. I'm also a notorious self editor. I edit everything I write (even this post!)
I have an interesting quirk that I suspect isn't exclusive to me: I edit myself harshly, think I'm never going to get something right, and then when I finish my work, I can't imagine how to edit or improve it. This used to happen to me most often with poetry, but I think I'm getting better at calmly revising and rewriting.
I love to write- it calms me down and gives me focus. But I get irritated when someone sits and talks my ear off when I am trying to concentrate especially when I am writing something that is for pleasure rather than for pay...
I also put things off when I should not;
I am a copywriter for a website development company- I sometimes struggle or put off assignments until the last moment because I am not excited about the topic. (Example-I have to write 25 articles about boar hunting/ due next week---and I haven’t started because I really don’t care for hunting). In reality, I will probably post a hub (which I don’t get paid for) before I do the articles which are my paycheck. On average I write in-between 60-70 articles on any number of topics, per week. I do the bulk on the writing from Wednesday night to Friday afternoon (by bulk I mean…from Friday night to Wednesday afternoon I may have 10-15 done…lol….really need to stop that and pace myself better
What quirks? We writers have no quirks.
Folks in the outside noncreative world, however, are nuttier than squirrel dung.
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