After giving us a good chuckle, this BuzzFeed article by Lydia Kang got us wondering about the authors we know and love—what kind of quirks and idiosyncrasies do they have when it comes to writing? We pooled nine authors—Lynn Austin, Mary Connealy, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Tricia Goyer, Robin Lee Hatcher, Cara C. Putman, James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and Beth Wiseman—on some of their interesting writing habits. We’ve listed their responses below, and to make things even more interesting, we left out the author name that goes with each quirk. We do enjoy a good matching contest! Match up the writer with the correlating quirk, share your guesses in the comment section below, and the person with the most correct responses wins! The prize is nine books (the latest book from each author) and a book tote! Good luck and have fun.
- When I write my first draft, I have to have a bag of David’s Jumbo sunflower seeds next to me. I go through about four bags per book.
- Sometimes I cry when one of my characters dies, even though I killed them!
- I whistle the theme song for the Flintstones when I’m by myself.
- I brainstorm by lying awake at night and mentally juggling. I toss ideas up in the air, flip them over, catch them, toss others up, catch them. Play with people’s lives, toy with them, try to figure out how to hurt them, then save them, then hurt them again as creatively as possible without . . let’s say . . jumping the shark.
- I work best when I sit down before my desktop with its 27″ display, my coffee and mug warmer within easy reach, and my notes for the current work in progress in their assigned spot before me. I admit it. I’m a creature of habit.
- I can’t write in a vacuum. You’ll often find me at Panera with a bagel and coffee.
- To get inspired, I listen to swing music, eat a (small) bowl of popcorn, or watch a few minutes of Grey’s Anatomy. And I call my writing partner between every scene to talk it out. In a pinch, I’ve been known to talk it out with the dog. She’s a good listener.
- I work in a tiny laundry room. Really tiny. Two big dogs feel the need to scrunch in with me, so I can barely move. And the computer and keyboard is so close to the door that when anyone wants to start a load of laundry, I get bumped in my chair as they try to navigate around me. Hence . . . so many typos.
- My three favorite places to write are on the couch with my family watching TV, at a cafe like Panera Bread, or sitting in the passenger seat on a long trip.