Ever wonder just what I’m doing when I’m writing? I mean, sure, you know that I write, you read what I write, but do you know what that process actually looks like?
You probably don’t want to know. There’s a lot of crying, ice cream, and questioning my writerly ability.
Pushing all that aside, it may be interesting to get a peek at how I write. With this being the first week of NaNoWriMo, I’m especially interested in what kinds of things others are doing to write. So don’t leave all the talking to me! Comment and let me in on your writing process. (Wait, stop scrolling! I didn’t mean now…read the post first. 😉 )
I’ll be answering a few questions given to me by moonstonemaiden from the Behind the Scenes tag she tagged me in, and I promise I’ll leave the crying and questioning out.
Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?
I don’t normally eat while I’m writing. Every now and then when I’m having trouble concentrating or I’m just feeling stuck but I don’t want to quit, I’ll get a small bowl of M&Ms or trail mix or Doritos (although I can’t type when I’m eating those things…unless I want an orange keyboard).
When do you normally write? Morning, evening, or afternoon?
I don’t like writing in the afternoon. For some reason my creativity doesn’t like the middle of the day and refuses to come out. Trying to write something good during the afternoon is like trying to find ocean waves in the Sahara desert. Not going to happen.
But the good news is that my creative muse is both a morning and a night person (or uh…I guess it’s not a person). I get the most out of my writing time if I either write first thing when I wake up or at night. I think I’ve had my best writing sessions at night though. The later the hour, the stronger my power. 🙂
Where do you write?
I do most of my writing at my desk since I own a desktop. Sometimes I’ll go the old-fashioned way and write with a pen and notebook, and in those cases I’m usually sitting in the Lazy Boy in my living room or, if the weather is nice, in the hammock on my deck.
How often do you start a new novel?
I’ve never actually started a novel. I get tons of ideas for stories all the time, but I know they aren’t all novel-length. The really short ones (1,000-5,000 words) I may just sit down and start writing. No outlines or any kind of planning. Sometimes all I have is the first sentence, and I just go from there. For anything I think might be short story material, I jot down whatever is already in my head and leave it there for me to work on later. I kind of do the same thing for the ideas that are long enough and I like enough to turn into a novel.
Do you listen to music while you write?
Music make it so much easier to write. I’ll be staring at my word document thinking I don’t really want to write, but as soon as the music is on, magic happens.
I have a massive playlist filled with movie soundtrack or videogame soundtrack music. I have stuff like, How to Train Your Dragon, Robin Hood, The Last Samurai, Gladiator, a bunch of Assassin’s Creed, and of course Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
What do you write on: laptop or paper?
I do most of my writing on my desktop, but occasionally I need to do something different and I’ll grab a notebook and get to work. I usually only use paper when I’m stuck and I just need to start writing with nothing specific in mind. So, when I have the wispiest story idea in my head, but I’m having trouble getting it out, I’ll use a notebook to write whatever comes to my mind first.
I write because…
This best explains it.
And there are 5 more questions, but I’m going to do those tomorrow. Don’t get mad at me! Blame it on NaNo.
Look for part 2, and don’t forget to let me know what your writing routines look like. 🙂