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Authors like Truman Capote, James Joyce and Virginia Wolfe had some interesting quirks when it came to writing. Do you have any rituals, quirks, or superstitions when it comes to working?


Short and sweet this week.


I’ve never been one for superstitions (Now I’m sounding like my mother!). Even when I was at sea, which has more than its fair share of superstition and customs ingrained in it, I didn’t take much notice of them. And I’m still here.


The only thing I do that could be considered as a ritual is this. I always produce a cover image as soon as I start writing a story.  It might not be the one that appears on the final book cover, but as long as it features something connected to the book, it’s enough. I find it helps to concentrate my mind and gives me a point of reference. As the story continues, I revise and update the cover design as I learn more about the story.


As for quirks, I do have a routine that I adhere to, every time. I see the whole story and write it down, in one go, before I attempt any editing or revision. Then, I like to let my editor see the manuscript at least twice, once at the first draft stage and then again after rewrites and the opinions of my beta readers.


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4 Responses

    • Richard Dee

      I mostly do my own covers, the constant revision as the story develops gives me something that embodies the story in all its stages.

  1. Snapdragon

    As I afraid to lose my written work I back up all my writing on my computer and then write it all in my notebooks.

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