So today, I thought I'd do the Behind the Scenes blog tag, where I answer questions about my writing process! It's been a while since I've been writing a new novel, but of course I spend plenty of time writing other shorter things--like these blog posts. And someday soon (I hope) I'll start writing a new project again. Although first I have to finish editing COCA. Anyway, I found this tag on Aimee Meester's blog, and I am here to play!
Is there a snack you like to eat while writing?
I am generally a snacker, which is probably terribly unhealthy, but whatevs. My snack preferences change every month or so--at the moment, I am into ice cream. Particularly, chocolate brownie and cookie dough flavors.
What time of day do you usually write?
I'm more productive during the evenings in general. It's when my energy is the highest--so like, from 4pm to 10 or 11pm is when I prefer to be awake. Hence me having an awful sleep schedule at the moment. But, like, mornings. Ew. Peak time is probably between 6pm and 9pm.
Where do you write?
Luckily, I'm pretty flexible--I've written a considerable amount during classes, because boredom. But the bulk of my writing is done at home in bed. Whee!
How often do you write a new novel?
I've settled into a rate of about a novel a year, which I write within a couple months, and then I spend the rest of the year on editing and the like.
Do you listen to music while you write?
Most of the time, yes. I usually go for movie scores, because awesome.
What's your writing utensil? Paper or laptop?
I prefer laptop, because I type very quickly and it works better for me. I have awful handwriting, partially because writing by hand causes me pain. Yay fibro! But I do write by hand in my diaries and that's mostly what I use if I'm writing in class. Because even in college, my teachers don't like us to have computers out. Whee.
Do you have a special pre-writing ritual?
What do you do to get into the writing mood?
As many writers have said, you can't be a writer if you only write when you're "in the mood." You have to just sit down and do it, and hopefully the mood comes to you. Epic music or stories or Pinterest can be inspiring, though.
What do you always have near the place you write?
Do you have a reward system for word counts?
Nope! But I love NaNoWriMo because seeing the graph numbers go up, to me, is the perfect "reward." I just like to see my progress.
Is there anything else about your writing process your readers don't know?
Nothing else I can think of to tell! You sit and you write, friends. Very exciting stuff.
That's the tag! If you'd like to do it, go ahead, and link in the comments! Otherwise, I'll see y'all on Tuesday (or not).
Image via raychelrose.com.
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