Idiosyncrasy: (noun) an unusual way in which a particular person behaves or thinks (retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiosyncrasies 04/11/2016)
Seems to me that creative people tend to have more idiosyncrasies than most. I know for sure I do. When I sit down to write I must have certain supplies:
- College ruled loose leaf notebook paper
- Yellow #2 pencils sharpened to a severe point
- Pink rubber eraser
- My hand pencil sharpener shaped like a cardinal’s head
Once I have these things in place I can finally begin to write. If I misspell a word, I can’t cross through it. It has to be erased completely and rewritten. And this is for my rough draft. Can you imagine how picky I am on the second and consecutive drafts?
When I am out taking photographs, the strap of my camera has to be wrapped around my wrist in a figure eight shape – twice – not once, not three times – exactly twice.
Some days I wonder: Am I idiosyncratic or do I suffer from OCD? But then I look around my house and realize nope, not OCD. I just have to have a few things certain ways in order to access my inner creative self.
So what are your idiosyncrasies? Do you have to have things a certain way in order to create?