Okay, so I've been dabbling with a new novel. They were honestly words of intuition. I have done no planning. No plotting. No saving of cats or beating of plot lines.
I was just writing.
And I realized as I was going along that I have a writerly quirk. It's names. I re-use the same names over and over again.
Ruby, for one. And the last name Carpenter must really sing to me for some reason. I think I've used it four times, in four different novels.
But that's not all, my friends! Oh no! I steal names too. From critique partners (Joel), and family members and students and billboards (come on! You've done it too!).
I really don't get this quirk. There are like, a bajillion names. And I'm choosing the same ones over and over again?
Do you have any writerly quirks? What are they?