I believe that everyone has some sort of tick–or habit–they perform when they are writing. Whether you realize it or not, good or bad, I’m sure it’s there.
For me, I have a terrible habit of finishing a sentence of my WIP, going to Facebook or Twitter for two to three minutes, and then back to my WIP to write a few more sentences. I’m not sure why I do it. I think it may be because I don’t plan out my stories so I need those little breaks to figure out where that particular part of the story is going. Why I look at Facebook and Twitter, I don’t really know. I try not to veer away from my WIP as often as I can, and sometimes I’m able to catch myself before I Alt+Tab to my web browser.
I’d like to develop a more positive habit, if possible. I’m not entirely sure what a good writing habit is. Maybe going back and re-reading a chapter as soon as I finish writing it before moving on to the next. But, that may just be good practice rather than a good habit. Plus, Sometimes I’m on a roll and I have to dive right into the next chapter.
So, I’m curious as to what your habits are? Do you always smoke when you write? Do you have to have a certain drink? Can you only write at a certain time or place? Do you have any habits that you think are especially good or bad?