Do you have any superstitions that correspond to different phases of the writing or submissions process?
"Strangely, no. I'm not a very superstitious person, even though I was born on the 13th and have a black cat." - Lauren Destefano, author ofWither.
"I rarely speak about a book until a first draft is done. I find that even the best ideas fall apart if you dissect them too soon. When I'm writing a draft, I don't read anything similar to what I'm writing. So if I'm writing a comedy, I only read dreary, depressing novels. And when I'm on submission, I find that it's best to start work on something else. Anything else. Otherwise, the waiting can drive you mad." - Shaun David Hutchinson, author ofThe Deathday Letter.
"No - I'm not superstitious." - Andrea Cremer, author ofNightshade.
"Surprisingly, no. I'm the kind of girl who won't walk under ladders or step on cracks, so if i DID have any superstitions about writing, I'd probably never write more than a page, much less submit anything!" - Robin Benway, author ofThe Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June.
"No superstitions. But neuroses abound. :)" - Jackie Kessler, author ofRage.
"One: I'm a big believer in positive visualization. I try not to let myself get consumed by the negative possibilities, but always, when I'm writing and when I'm submitting, I imagine that (and even expect, in some strange way) my endeavors will succeed. So far this has mostly worked for me. In any case, I don't spend a lot of time stressing about rejection." - Cynthia Hand, author ofUnearthly.
"Before sending anything to my agent, I spin around in my chair three times, cluck like a chicken, and kiss my poster of Colin Firth. Okay, all of that is a lie. Except the part about Colin." - Rae Carson, author ofThe Girl of Fire and Thorns.
"I’m not a superstitious person, so not really. But I generally avoid reading when I’m writing rough drafts, so that no one else’s writing style works its way into my writing when I’m not paying attention." - Veronica Roth, author ofDivergent.
"Cherry Twizzlers are revision necessities. And for whatever reason, I write a whole lot better if I have on a hoodie." - Myra McEntire, author ofHourglass.
"When I'm first starting a book, I have to get it its own notebook. I do all my plotting/world building/ angst ridden journaling in that notebook. For one thing, it helps me keep my thoughts straight. Secondly, it's nice at the end of the book to have a concrete record of what I went through writing it. As for submission, no superstitions other than the occasional coin in a fountain/prayer, haha!" - Rachel Hawkins, author ofDemonglass.
"Wow. Yes. I am terrified of jinxing myself, which means I stay mum about good news until it is 1000% official. If it were up to my neuroses? I probably wouldn’t tell anyone I’d written a book until it was on shelves at Barnes & Noble." - Michelle Hodkin, author ofThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
"I pick out a different perfume for each new project I start. Then I only where that scent when I'm writing, editing, copyediting or doing anything related to that project. " - Sarah Darer Littman, author ofLife, After.
"I like writing fresh stuff in coffeehouses. The buzz and the caffeine are both stimulating." - Mitali Perkins, author ofBamboo People.
"I'm not superstitious. 'Que sera, sera' will be etched into my tombstone." - Dia Reeves, author ofSlice of Cherry.
"Oddly enough, I’m not superstitious-- although my personality certainly lends itself to believing in things that don’t necessarily make logical sense. I do pray a lot at every stage in the writing/submission process. Some might consider that a superstition of sorts." - Emily Wing Smith, author ofThe Way He Lived.
"I’m incredibly superstitious about discussing what my book is about before it’s sold.In fact, most of my friends didn’t even realize I was a writer until I announced that The Body Finder was going to be published.Clearly, I have trust issues." - Kimberly Derting, author of Desires of the Dead.
"I have my routines but nothing that I think really qualifies as a superstition.I write better with a fountain Coke, but that's not a superstition, that's just a fact." - Holly Hoxter, author ofThe Snowball Effect.
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