For me, I don't think any of my writing habits are all that weird, but I do have moments of slight anxiety when I step out of the routine. And I was thinking of my writing habits, superstitions, and quirks, and wondered whether anyone else had any they wanted to share.
Here's a few of mine:
1) Handwriting my first drafts.
Although I'm sort of out of the novelling game right now, I would say this habit applies to lengthier works too. It isn't like I have never typed up a first draft, but something about seeing the handwritten draft encourages me to stick with what I'm working on. I also have better luck going back to it and editing what I've done when I get to the revising process too.
2) My notebook always comes with me during the work week.
In all honesty, I rarely have time during the day to work on a story, but my notebook faithfully gets toted back and forth during the work week. There is something pleasantly reminding about having that notebook with me and just keeping it near me inspires me to write when I get home. I end up feeling anxious on the days I forget to take it with me.
3) I track my success on my wall calendar.
This is a habit I picked up this year, but each day I make a small note on what I've done that day for writing, whether it's a simple note of "got writing done" or more elaborate notes of "finished such-and-such story." I feel very good about myself if I see notes of writing progress on almost every day of the week.
4) I use clicker pens and cheap spiral bound notebooks.
I can't stand the idea of potentially losing a cap to a pen, so that's the reason for the clicker pen. Also, with cheap notebooks, I'm more likely to sort of let my creative side loose than when I use fancy schmancy leather bound notebooks.
5) I have to finish the story.
This is a bizarre quirk I've picked up that is entirely unexpected. These days it's absolutely rare for me to not finish a short story. Now, I may not go back to the story to revise it, but when it comes to first drafts, I can't move onto the next idea until the current story is done.
And a part two of that quirk is if I am stuck on a story, I go to the last event that took place and "undo" it and see if I should take a new direction to breathe life back into the plot line that stalled on me.
See? Mine aren't too weird. And actually I've managed to make mine work towards my success and stamina to keep writing.
Do you have any writing quirks or weird habits that get you going?