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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Writing Quirks

Well. Ok then. New Plan!

I have a different question.

What are your writing quirks?

I don't mean your physical writing quirks. Though, if you are only able to write sitting at your desk dressed in a pink tutu and a football jersey...yah. I wanna know about that.

I'm talking about your typing quirks. Have you noticed any? And now that I'm asking, have you noticed any that are now going to drive you batty?  Bwahahah!

I was innocently typing along in my wip the other day and I noticed I do this thing.

You know how you have a running narrative in your head of what you're trying *desperately* to keep up with with as you're typing...but then sometimes you change your mind. Or sometimes you hit a snag.

In my head I'll have  "With a soft click his face swung open revealing a complex working of gears and springs. Working quickly and with practiced strokes, he pressed a combination of small latches and buttons hidden within his face." ... and then it's like my brain splits in two. I wanted two completely different things to happen. So I hit space. As you would. And stopped. Thinking.

Then when I decided how to continue, I backed up, DELETED the space. Hit space again and continued on. As though that space was suddenly no good! BAD SPACE!

Now that I know I do this, I notice I do it all the time. with commas, with words, but most often with the space that would start the beginning of a new sentence!

So! Do any of you have quirky writing habits?

Or am I all alone?



tlbodine said...

That's hilarious! I can't say anything, though. When I notice a misspelled word or typo, I can never just fix it by adding the missing letter or whatever -- I *have* to delete the whole word and retype it.

Unknown said...

I tend to leave words out when the ideas are really spilling out. And I never notice they're gone when I do quick re-reads. It's only during the more intense editing when I realize I typed every-other-word in a sentence.

Come to think of it, I might need to see a neurologist about that... :-)

Laura Hughes, MittensMorgul said...

Yes, that bad space! As if it went stale and had to be replaced with a fresh space!

When I pause for thought while I'm writing, I keep my fingers on the keyboard, and often don't realize I'm pressing "D". I end up with whole rows of ddddddddddddddddddddd. Or just single letter d in random spots in the manuscript.d Like that. d

It's never any other letter. Always D.

Huntress said...

Quirky? I don't know if this applies but since I moved my keyboard to another desk, I type like this. ypys;;u omvp,[trjrmdon;r/ (totally incomprehensible)

I reckon the slight adjustment to the height and position of my keyboard is enough to screw up my finger alignment

Liz A. said...

I don't know. I haven't noticed. I'll have to think about it. I'm sure I do, but nothing comes to mind.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I find I delete entire sentences because I notice one wrong letter, like it's quicker to delete than to add a comma or something.

Hazel said...

I also delete the whole word that's incorrectly spelled. It seems easier than pressing keys I can't even name.

Alicia Willette-Cook said...

Yup. I do this too. *Phew* I'm not all alone.. :)

Alicia Willette-Cook said...

I hear ya. It's like your fingers can't keep up... I'm surprised they haven't come up with a word for that yet.

Alicia Willette-Cook said...

HA! Exactly! Stale space.

Maybe that particular finger has more bone density then the others...;)

Alicia Willette-Cook said...

Doesn't that drive you nuts. One stupid minor adjustment. And whammo. Suddenly you can't type. AND you can't seem to re-adjust! Argh!

Alicia Willette-Cook said...

Sometimes it probably is. Just holding down the back key then doing all the clicking and high-lighting and what not. WAY too involved.

Alicia Willette-Cook said...


Nana Prah said...

I do the same thing. I doesn't bother me, but it drives other people nuts.

mshatch said...

ok. you guys are all just strange.

kidding. I'm sure I do something odd; I just don't know what it is!

DEZMOND said...

I also delete a whole word and write it again instead of deleting just the wrong letter or part of it :) For some reason it's quicker for me like that since sometimes I have to translate up to 15 pages a day :)