This is one of only two Friday the 13ths in 2006. Author Nate Kenyon made a post today about superstitions and fears in honor of the day. Aside from things that scare you in general, he mentions this superstition about his writing:
“I don’t like to tell people about plots I’m working on—I’m afraid the story will lose its mojo. I can’t write on anything but a computer.”
I’m not a big fan of divulging a lot about my plot, either, but in my case it’s because I’m afraid I won’t sell it well enough and then the lackluster reaction might talk me out of continuing with it. (And I don’t need any help in finding reasons not to write!)
It’s not really a superstition with me, but I have to have some kind of noise — either a television on in the other room or music in the background while I write. I don’t write that well without something to occupy those parts of the brain not directly involved in the writing at a given moment.
Do you writers out there have any superstitions you’d be willing to share?