Actually, this list makes me appear sane. The most I can claim is that I write in black ink from Bic ballpoints (and hoard a pile if they cease production).
I also write on alternate lines on both sides of the page but - really - that is to make editing and additions easier. It has nothing - NOTHING, I tell you - to do with the nubby feel of the upraised imprint of the ink. [DE]
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by Maria Popova
Color-coded muses, rotten apples, self-imposed house arrest, and other creative techniques at the intersection of the superstitious and the pragmatic.
Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (public library) — the more dimensional and thoroughly researched counterpart to Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals — Brooklyn-based writer Celia Blue Johnson takes us on a guided tour of great writers’ unusual techniques, prompts, and customs of committing thought to paper, from their ambitious daily word quotas to their superstitions to their inventive procrastination and multitasking methods.