the mutt

Writing quirks

Posted in Oddities, Writing by grx20 on October 12, 2008

I read somewhere that Tolstoy could write only if he had a rotten apple on his desk!

We all have our writing quirks don’t we?

One of mine – I can’t write when the pen cap is attached to the back of the pen. Ball point or fountain pen, the pen cap must sit alone. It’s not the weight – it just feels wrong.

What’s yours?

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  1. vyshnavi said, on October 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    constant praise! 🙂

  2. the mutt said, on October 13, 2008 at 11:59 am

    ha ha ha!! constant praise – tell me, does it work?

  3. Jo-Naathan said, on October 13, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    The exact opposite! I much prefer to have the cap on the pen – ballpoint or fountain pen.

    The pen cap, lazy on the table, always catches the corner of my eye. A small itch remind me to scratch and put it back on the pen. Nobody likes an itch after the scratch is done. The scratch is pleasure, thanks to the itch. But even an itch has to go after the scratch is done.

    And it gets worse.

    If the pen cap has a clip attached to it, so one can ‘dork out’ with a pen in the pocket, then the clip has to be aligned with the nib of the pen (in the case of a fountain pen) and should always, ALWAYS (Dammmit!) face the outside – away from me. And yes, that goes for any kind of pen.

    The only thing that makes me think this level of committment to pen cap alignment is normal is the knowing that this is the right way and the correct way to write. Yea … the right way .. I know it is.. yea…good thing I am right.. yea..

  4. Jo-Naathan said, on October 13, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Constant praise definitely works .. even when not working

  5. vyshnavi said, on October 13, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    The pen is totally ruled out. I’ve lost the ability to “write”. I use pen and paper only when I’m structuring my thoughts. The sentences come out when I have a blank white word doc and a keyboard in front of me.

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