As promised, here is the second half of questions from the Behind The Scenes tag.
Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?
Pull out my inner drill sergeant and give myself a good chewing out for procrastination this long. 😉
This can be really useful, but if the whole yelling drill sergeant thing gets too annoying I turn on my writing playlist to drown it out. 🙂
Hmm….maybe I’ll replace the drill sergeant with Sherlock.
Yep. That’s much better. 🙂
What do you do to get into the mood to write?
Looking at memes of Sherlock works really well. 😉
Really though, I don’t do anything right before writing to get me in the mood. Waiting for the mysterious writing mood to strike, is like waiting to be bitten by a wigged-out spider so you can shoot webs out of your hands and wear blue and red spandex.
Listening to movie soundtracks is helpful, but after doing that everyday, sometimes even they fail to get me in the mood. Sometimes, you just have to make yourself write, no matter how you feel. (I guess that drill sergeant does come in handy).
What is always near the place you write?
I have this saying I have on my corkboard above my computer: “Create an atmosphere in which miracles can happen.”
To explain that quote, let me tell a little story.
Death Valley is, well, dead. (And I call myself a writer? What kind of opening line was that?!) You’re not going to see a tropical rainforest or a garden of tulips. But out of nowhere, some rare winter storms showed up and dropped 6 inches of rain on this thirsty desert causing flowers to spring up. Flowers…in the desert?! It’s something that only happens once in a lifetime. Kind of like a miracle.
But wait! What if the rain, the “miracle,” had come and there weren’t any seeds in the ground? I mean, this is a desert. Why put seeds in the ground?
Because you never know when a miracle might just drop by.
Getting published is as miraculous as flowers in the desert, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Just because it is a rare event doesn’t mean that I should stop “planting seeds.”
The quote above reminds me that a miraculous shower of rain may fall on my life, but if I haven’t put in the work to plant the seeds, there will be nothing that grows.
Every time I see that quote I think, “Put in the work, and maybe someday, something amazing will happen.”
And that, is way more motivation than a drill sergeant.
Do you have a reward system for your word count?
I don’t have a reward system in place. Knowing that I’ve completed my word count goal for the day is enough for me. I just do a little dance inside and get a huge grin on my face and call it a night.
(Notice I kept that answer short to make up for the last one. 😀 )
Is there anything about your writing process others might not know about?
Until now, you probably didn’t know anything about my writing process, so I think I already answered this question. 😛
I apologize Ms. Poppins. Terribly sorry, I am. *Flakey British accent*
Missed the first half? Here it is. Behind the Scenes Part I