Balancing Typewriters: The Strange Writing Habits Of Authors - Anita's Notebook


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    A picture of Anita Wirawan in Anchorage, Alaska.

    My name is Anita Wirawan and I love stories :).
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    Stories can: make you smile -- show a deeper meaning behind something -- or even change your life.
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    I started this blog in 2008 after my brother Jody died & over the years it's become my notebook for stories.

    My mission is to find the best stories to share with you.
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    So go ahead... look around and read some stories!

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    Love the stories I've read so far,can't wait for another one!
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    THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME STORY!!!!!!!!!!!
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    hey anita this story was mind blowing and scary .I n my friends freaked out after reading this story ,awesome job man !!!!!!!
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    i wanted to thank you for all of your amazing stories.
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    I love it honey....stuff like that makes me tear up every time...it just goes to show the bond of siblings no matter how much they agree and disagree.
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    This is much more believable then that stupid rugrats theory thanks for putting the truth out there :-D
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    Haaiiii (: i just started reading your blog, you are amazing :o!^___^ lol
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    that was soo scary ^ ^ those red eyes gave me the creeps lol
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    I like more stories as it's near Halloween. I find them quite interesting while I'm in bed for the night. Keep up the good work
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    That was an awesome story personaily i love slender man so this story just made my day
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    i read all of ur stories lol i just love scary stories ^ ^
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    I enjoyed the article about Hello kitty's history. I learned many things throughout this article and had a few laughs as well.
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    I love this story, I love to read your storys before I go to sleep its very exciting and it just makes me wanna read more and more ... Anita, I love your stories just keep them coming. :)
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    it helps me to just come here and look up stories. it also helps me past the time by when im not tending to childern. i loved the story of bloody mary. its my favorite thing to read about. so thank you for puting up this notebook.
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    I like this better than the more "traditional" Cinderella stories, frankly.
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    Hi Anita, So this isn't a question, but I recently saw your posts about the Hey Arnold! truth and then, about the Rugrats truth. I just wanted to say thank you writing these posts. I have been wondering the real stories for a long time, hoping that the "truths" I kept reading about were untrue. And now I know they are. You saved my childhood=o) Also, I love stories too=o)
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    The stories you've posted so far have really fueled my interest in legends
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    Lovely. Last night I read it, as if I'm a child. The more I read the more I was delighted. I wanted that this be real :). Thank you, I love this.
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    I have been reading your stories for a long time and you have inspired me to look further in to things than just the obvious. you have made my life so interesting, THANK YOU. (:
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*Balancing Typewriters: The Strange Writing Habits Of Authors*

I once saw an article by an author (can’t remember his name today for some reason) who said that he could only get good writing done while sitting in the dark in a cramped closet.

He shoved a chair, small desk, a laptop, and himself into the tiny space and closed the door. There he would spend hours just typing away and writing his novels. To me that seems horribly claustrophobic but to him it was a necessary step to get immersed into the world of the story he was writing.


BALANCING TYPEWRITERS

That guy wasn’t the only author I’ve heard of with unusual writing habits though, many writers have weird things they do to help them get out their masterpieces.

Like Vladimir Nabokov, he only wrote standing up and used index cards instead of sheets of paper. He liked the fact that the cards could be easily rearranged in different ways later on to change the plot line. A single book of his could span thousands of cards when it was finished.

Truman Capote however only wrote while lying down and often while balancing a typewriter on his knees too. Actually he was probably just ahead of his time lol because a lot of people write lying down these days balancing laptops on their stomachs.

Carl Sandburg preferred to write while wearing a green eyeshade. (A green eyeshade is that green visor you always see bankers wearing in movies about ye olden days.)


CHOOSE YOUR OWN WEIRD WRITING HABIT

If I were an author I wonder if I’d have a weird writing habit and if so what would it be? It would be cool to have a writing habit that was crazy and radically different than anybody else out there.

How about being known as the author who wrote all her books upside down :D, that would definitely make things more interesting.

If you were an author what do you think your weird writing would habit be??

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