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allenparker
02-16-2009, 11:06 PM
you are writing?

I have noticed several people mentioning writing while naked, some in jest, others as a way of expressing their preferred method of dress when writing. It got me to thinking that maybe some people do have special clothes that put them in the mood to write. Do you have a specific dress code?

seun
02-16-2009, 11:12 PM
Naked writing? If my house wasn't full of drafts, then maybe. Or if I was a tad more on the buff side.

In any case, it's jeans, t-shirt and a fleece for me. Pretty much what I wear whatever I'm doing.

scarletpeaches
02-16-2009, 11:14 PM
Do you mean full of draughts?

Or maybe you do mean literal drafts, in which case why aren't you subbing them? ;)

Most of the time I write while in my pyjamas.

DeleyanLee
02-16-2009, 11:20 PM
I'm supposed to have a dress code?

I just wear whatever I put on in the morning, honestly. If it's a work day, then it's business casual. If it's a weekend/holiday, it's jeans and shirt. I'm not one of those people who can lounge around all day in my nightclothes--though I wish sometimes I was.

RunawayScribe
02-16-2009, 11:22 PM
Usually whatever I'm wearing for anything else. I am partial to getting comfy in pajamas and writing, but it doesn't always happen that way.

quickWit
02-16-2009, 11:23 PM
Knee-high socks and a tube top, 'cause when I write I want to feel pretty.

stormie
02-16-2009, 11:28 PM
The only time I'm in my pjs is at night. Otherwise, jeans and tee shirt or sweater.

scarletpeaches
02-16-2009, 11:29 PM
I only ever get dressed when I'm getting ready to go out so some days I'm still in my pyjamas throughout the afternoon.

dolores haze
02-16-2009, 11:33 PM
Business casual during the week ('cos I've still got my work gear on.)

Jim-jams on the weekends - ususally my nascar #8's or my spongebobs.

Once I wrote a rather good piece of erotica, while wearing sexy lingerie and waiting for my hubby to get home from work - but I don't make a habit of it.

Jersey Chick
02-16-2009, 11:36 PM
Jeans. Tee. Turtleneck. Jammies. I'm not fussy.

Willowmound
02-16-2009, 11:43 PM
Top hat.

foonting
02-16-2009, 11:46 PM
A latex schoolboy costume and a feather boa........:D

Claudia Gray
02-16-2009, 11:46 PM
Anything comfortable will do, though I've found that -- even if it is a lazy, rainy Saturday -- I work better if I'm wearing clothes, not pajamas. Pajamas just say "goof off." I have some T-shirts, sweatshirts, yoga pants, etc. that fit the bill nicely.

sunandshadow
02-16-2009, 11:55 PM
In _The Unstrung Harp_ by Edward Gorey, the Novelist wears "an athletic sweater of forgotten origin, always worn hindside-to". :D Personally I don't care as long as I'm comfortable, that can be anywhere from naked or only wearing a sarong to a fuzzy sweater, polar fleece lounge pants, and slippers.

Not clothing related, but I do strongly prefer to write in a dark quiet room so I don't get distracted, and I carefully adjusted the height of my desk, type of keyboard, placement of my monitor, and added a curtain to eliminate glare/draft from a window. Might need to get a new computer chair since this one seems to be making my back ache because the padding in it is dead.

Empress_Isis
02-17-2009, 12:13 AM
The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes and change into my PJs, so most of the time its that. Or, if I'm sneakily writing at work, it'll be a business skirt and whatever random top I'm wearing that day. I never wear trousers when I'm out of the house, only ever skirts.

Mr Flibble
02-17-2009, 12:15 AM
A pink tutu and nipple tassels

Cranky
02-17-2009, 12:16 AM
It's whatever I usually wear...jeans and sweaters or a tee.

Clair Dickson
02-17-2009, 12:20 AM
Clothes.

KTC
02-17-2009, 12:21 AM
I write in whatever I happen to be wearing at the time. I'm not a diva. I don't have to put on my writing gear.

KTC
02-17-2009, 12:22 AM
A pink tutu and nipple tassels

That's a nice twist. Or should I say spin?

Haggis
02-17-2009, 12:22 AM
Fur.

LynneKBM
02-17-2009, 12:26 AM
I'm usually in workout clothes or jeans and t-shirt. Interestingly....the same thing my MC is usually wearing.

nevada
02-17-2009, 12:35 AM
I need to be properly inspired when I write. So I always make sure that I have just the right pen, and the time is always the same, and i have just the right tea (Tetley's Black Currant) and I always make sure I wear the same thing. Below is a pic of the thing i always wear along with my muse who whispers in my ear while i write.

http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv313/marie_anne_photos/KR6063.jpg

in reality, *sigh* i'm in pj's and i have diet coke and i write whenever i can squeeze out some words. not that i'd wear that dress, but the muse would be alright.

Charlie Horse
02-17-2009, 01:07 AM
Headphones.

firedrake
02-17-2009, 01:09 AM
really slobby, comfortable clothes that I wouldn't be seen dead in public in.

bsolah
02-17-2009, 03:50 AM
I think we've had this thread before, but whatever.

I usually write in anything I happen to be wearing.

But the idea of dressing in something specifically for writing is interesting, like to get you in the mood. I once blogged about Method Writing, like Method Acting where you get in the head of your character.

Do you think dressing as your character would help?

brainstorm77
02-17-2009, 04:12 AM
Usually Pj's..... I write after work usually and on days off when I have my errands done.

tailstrike
02-17-2009, 04:16 AM
A Borat Mankini...

Shweta
02-17-2009, 04:23 AM
Moved to office party.

Folks, can we try to keep Novels for threads pertinent to, y'know, the craft of writing novels, please? I'm getting a little dizzy with the thread moving here...

http://rlv.zcache.com/dizzy_smiley_face_print-p2282328521216425438h7h_210.jpg

KTC
02-17-2009, 04:26 AM
I definitely noticed the trend, Shweta. If I can tell it doesn't belong, it's pretty obvious.

KikiteNeko
02-17-2009, 04:27 AM
I don't have a dress code. Usually it's pajamas, though, since that's what I wear when I'm home.

Wayne K
02-17-2009, 04:30 AM
I think people kid around when they say they write nekid, and I demand webcam proof from anyone who says they do. I need at least a thin layer of cotton between me and the world. Shorts will do nicely, PJs are nice too. Naked is only for the necessary, and drunken public displays when you've remembered to bring bail money.

Kate Thornton
02-17-2009, 04:35 AM
Whatever I have on when the urge to write strikes - usually the stained, turpentine-sodden rags I paint in.

Lilith70
02-17-2009, 04:59 AM
Two words: YOGA PANTS.

And a tank top or soft t-shirt. I don't think it has anything to do with inspiration, but battling wedgies from modern-cut jeans while trying to get anything come out of my fingertips is a little distracting.

Also, my glasses, because without those, I'd never know what I writing, if at all.

bsolah
02-17-2009, 05:07 AM
Two words: YOGA PANTS.

And a tank top or soft t-shirt. I don't think it has anything to do with inspiration, but battling wedgies from modern-cut jeans while trying to get anything come out of my fingertips is a little distracting.

Yoga pants sound awesome. It's so tempting to go out and buy a pair.

Silver King
02-17-2009, 05:20 AM
I usually wear my thinking cap and whatever else happens to be on my back at the time.

If I were to write naked, I'd have to do so in only short bursts, or else my ass would stick to the leather seat.

rhymegirl
02-17-2009, 05:23 AM
If I were to write naked, I'd have to do so in only short bursts, or else my ass would stick to the leather seat.

Yeah, that's not comfortable at all.

stormie
02-17-2009, 05:24 AM
Oh, geez. You put a towel down first!

Wayne K
02-17-2009, 05:48 AM
I only drive naked. That way I can keep both hands on the wheel when I honk the horn.

Silver King
02-17-2009, 05:56 AM
Oh, geez. You put a towel down first!
That sounds like a good idea. I'll try that and set up a web cam and share a link to streaming video where I can be seen writing in real time. Then we'll move this thread back to Novels where it belongs!

dolores haze
02-17-2009, 05:58 AM
That sounds like a good idea. I'll try that and set up a web cam and share a link to streaming video where I can be seen writing in real time. Then we'll move this thread back to Novels where it belongs!

Nope. You'll end up getting ported to Erotica. Again!

Wayne K
02-17-2009, 06:07 AM
Nope. You'll end up getting ported to Erotica. Again!
Is there a record for thread moves?

Silver King
02-17-2009, 06:09 AM
Nope. You'll end up getting ported to Erotica. Again!
That's a great suggestion, even better than Novels. The good folks there understand me, dang it!

stormie
02-17-2009, 06:16 AM
Oh, SK, it's that strange sense of humor....

Silver King
02-17-2009, 06:25 AM
Is there a record for thread moves?
Most moves stay within the forum as individual re-directs that lead to the board where they were bounced to.

As for a record, like a list of threads moved from one forum to another, I doubt that exists, or at least I'm not aware of such a list.

brokenfingers
02-17-2009, 06:26 AM
It depends what I'm writing, really.

If I'm writing horror, I'll wear a hockey mask.

If I'm writing fantasy, I'll wear my wizard's cap.

If I'm writing romance, I'll wear my wig.

stormie
02-17-2009, 06:36 AM
SK--I could be wrong, but I think Wayne means, "Who holds the record for the number of thread moves?" I've only made a thread move once. And it wasn't my fault! I swear!

dolores haze
02-17-2009, 06:40 AM
If I'm writing horror, I'll wear a hockey mask.
If I'm writing fantasy, I'll wear my wizard's cap.
If I'm writing romance, I'll wear my wig.

And if he's posting on AW, he's wearing his thong.

stormie
02-17-2009, 06:44 AM
And if he's writing humor, he's wearing his thong on his head.

Okay. I'm signing off. :D

Carole
02-17-2009, 06:58 AM
Jammies, sweats, yoga pants, jeans, whatever.

Silver King
02-17-2009, 07:05 AM
Is there a record for thread moves?
I was curious and revisited this question and made a list of threads for the past month that were moved from and within Office Party:

Movies & TV (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130738)

Writing Exercises (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130827)

Take it Outside (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130478)

Story Research (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127927)

Roundtable (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130142)

Office Party (Thread Merge) (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129914)

Office Party (Thread Merge) (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124070)

Writing Exercises (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128534)

Politics (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128969)

Movies and TV (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128124)

Politics (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127830)

Eleven seems like a small amount when you consider this forum generated over three hundred and fifty individual threads in the past thirty days.

bsolah
02-17-2009, 07:18 AM
Notice that as soon as a thread hits Office Party, it gets lead seriously astray :tongue

DaddyCat
02-17-2009, 03:16 PM
Anything that keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

stormie
02-17-2009, 05:36 PM
Notice that as soon as a thread hits Office Party, it gets lead seriously astray :tongue
Or astray seriously.

Right now I'm in a sweater, jeans, and comfy slippers. One time when I was deep into a WIP yet had to go out food shopping, I was halfway through the store when I noticed that I was still wearing my slippers. At least they weren't my large fuzzy ones.