|Angel (David Boreanaz), Angel|
Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?
Hot beverages. Hot chocolate or mocha or tea, generally. I can't eat and type at the same time, so food-like snacks get saved for reading and editing. But I love to have something hot and friendly to drink while I write.
When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?
I write on Saturday mornings if I'm not going to a movie, and after 9 pm and my kids are in bed a few evenings a week. I infinitely prefer to write during the morning when my head isn't cluttered with things I need to be doing and other every-day stuff, but it only happens on Saturdays right now.
|Jerry (Bobby Darin), State Fair|
Where do you write?
On Saturdays, I write at a local Starbucks, unless it's full, in which case I go to the nearby Panera. I can get my hot beverage and spend an hour or two focused on nothing but writing, which is a treat. When I write in the evenings, I'm in the living room, either on the couch or in my rocking chair, which I inherited from my Grandma. I posted about this in more detail here back in January, if you want to see pictures.
How often do you write a new novel?
Too often. I need to staple my pants to the chair and get myself to finish revising my last novel, I really do. Let's see... since 2002, I have written 6 novels, so that's one every 2 years or so. None until this last one have felt like they were worth revising and trying to have them published. I've been working on revising #6 on and off for over a year now, and I just need to quit getting distracted by other stories. (But I'm probably going to start my new novel next month during NaNoWriMo anyway.)
|Caje (Pierre Jalbert), Combat!|
Do you listen to music while you write?
Yes! In fact, music helps me get into my writing "zone." I love to listen to movie soundtracks and Bobby Darin while I write. A lot of times, I'll experiment with different albums when I'm first writing a story or novel, and find one that suits it perfectly and stick with that for most of my writing. For instance, I listened to almost nothing besides the soundtrack for The Quick and the Dead (1995) while writing my last WIP, with a little Bandelero! (1968) and Hour of the Gun (1967) mixed in.
What do you write on? Laptop or paper?
My laptop or our desktop computer. But I take lots of notes on bits of paper that wind up taped to the big mirror in our master bathroom.
|Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), Castle|
Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?
I read back over a scene or two that leads up to where I'm going to write, to remind myself where I was heading and get back into the story's flow. That's about it. I used to also light a candle, but I only do that rarely anymore.
What do you do to get into the mood to write?
Spend time during the day going over what happens next in my story so I have it fresh in my mind when I finally get to work on it.
|Horatio Hornblower (Gregory Peck), Captain Horatio Hornblower|
Um... myself? Seriously, I don't have any talismans or charms or anything like that.
Do you have a reward system for your word count?
No, but I do often come up with rewards for finishing off a story. Like I told myself that if I finished off the major overhaul of my current WIP, I could start watching the TV show Leverage, because I have season one of it on DVD and haven't started it yet. I did finish the overhaul, but I haven't had time to start Leverage yet, isn't that awful? Soon!
|Julio (Rudolph Valentino), Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (I think!)|
Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?
When Dana Andrews perches on a desk in my brain and starts talking, I take notes. Lots of notes.
|Mark MacPherson (Dana Andrews), Laura|
Well, that was fun! I'm only going to tag three people:
If you're also a writer and want to do this tag too, consider yourself tagged!