Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Behind the Scenes Writing Tag

 Here we are with yet another tag. Goodness, there are quite a number of them circulating lately, aren't there? This one, however, gives you a behind the scenes peek into how I go about my writing process. I was tagged by the marvelous Annie of Curious Wren. And if you haven't heard me say it before, go thee hence and check out her blog and Twitter.

Now, to divulge my writerly secrets.

Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing? Chocolate, anyone? *waves a bag of chocolate chips*

When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning? I write whenever I can: morning, afternoon, and night. It really depends on when I actually have inspiration flowing through my veins and when I actually have enough time to focus down and write something good. I really do need to work on having a set aside time for writing, though. Having just started a new job and with the ever increasing busyness of life, I think it might help.

Where do you write? Due to some wrist problems that I really do not want to develop any further, I try to do my writing either at my desk or the kitchen table. I have been known to rebel from this strategy and write while lying on my stomach on the floor or my bed.

How often do you write a new novel? Yes, pour salt into my wounds! What do I care?! *recovers her composure* It is with much sadness that I admit to only having finished two novels during my entire 10+ years of writing. I finished a rather shabby western novel/novella during NaNoWriMo in 2010. That was my first fully completed work. I was so proud of it. *deep sigh* Sadly, it isn't as good as I used to think. Though, I still love the characters and general plot. Someday, I'm going revamp it and rewrite it. My second completed novel was finished this April. *happy sigh* I'm still rather pleased with it. It's actual novel length and, even though I know there are a number of things that need polishing and fixing up, I'm mostly pleased with it. I'm currently between novels. My plans for my WWI novel aren't mapping out how I want them to and I'm considering setting that aside for the time being. I'm drifting.... What was the actual question again? Oh, right. Well, since enforcing self control in this area last year, I try to wait to start my next novel until I've finished the one I'm working on. So, roughly about one novel a year would be my estimate, as long as I don't start wandering from project to project.

Do you listen to music while you write? I'm a pendulum when it comes to this subject. Some days, I can't listen to anything while I write. And then others, I have to be listening to something. It can be lyrical or instrumental, but it has to be something. I can remember one night, during Camp NaNoWriMo this April, where I only listened to "The Causeway" and "Natasha" from Henry Jackman's score from Captain America: The Winter Soldier on repeat. Thank you, Spotify.

What do you write on? Laptop or paper? My laptop. I started my writing career out on a really ancient PC and when that died, I transferred everything to the family laptop. My parents bought me my own laptop when I was about eleven so I could do school and my writing on there. I am on my third laptop since that day and I still do the bulk of my writing on it. I can write on paper. I just don't like having to type it up when I need to add it to what I have written on the computer, and then having to write out what I've written on my computer so I can continue it on paper. And my wrist isn't too fond of it either. But, I have great respect and admiration for people who write their entire manuscripts by hand. Three cheers for longhand writers! *passes out free chocolate*

Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write? *Olaf face* Nope!

What do you do to get into the mood to write? Well, considering I'm rarely in the mood not to write, I suppose a nice five minutes gazing at the Pinterest board for my story usually gets me inspired. "Wait, has it already been forty minutes? But... but I just logged in...."

What is always near the place you write? Food. Water. Paper and pens, in case I need to free write a character's backstory or something. Sweaters. *whispers* My phone.

Do you have a reward system for your word count? As of right now, no. Is it a good idea? Yes. Will I implement such a system? I should... BUT I LOVE MY CHOCOLATE!

Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about? I'm a turtle writer. Who, tragically, rarely writes 1,000 words a day. *goes off and cries in a corner* This is why NaNoWriMo is good for me. I get motivated and determined to reach my daily word count so I keep going until all hours to get it done. Plus, I now have the added knowledge of having reached my goal word count for NaNo twice. "Way to add more pressure on yourself, girl."
 And now I shall go about tagging people. *happy smile*

 Oh, and even if I didn't tag you but you feel inclined to do the tag, do so by all means. :)

The Questions:

– Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

– When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

– Where do you write?

– How often do you write a new novel?

– Do you listen to music while you write?

– What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

– Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?

– What do you do to get into the mood to write?

– What is always near the place you write?

– Do you have a reward system for your word count?

– Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

So, what does your writing process involve? Are there any fellow turtle writers out there? Also, anyone participating in NaNoWriMo next month?


  1. I probably qualify as a turtle writer. lol. I've only ever finished one novel, and my current WIP has been in the works for eighteen months. I think I may just be a perfectionist. :) --Lydia

  2. Pinterest is sooo good for inspiration...excepting the distraction factor of course. Playing my story's 'theme song' while pouring over pinterest almost always helps me when I'm stuck.
    Fellow turtle! :D
    I'm very much a sporadic word count person; just so long as I get out something I'm ok.
    I've been feeling the pressure though with my Sleeping Beauty stories, so I've been striving to hit 1000+ every day, and is it ever hard. Definitely reminds me of April's nanowrimo. I won't be doing nanowrimo in November, as hopefully, I'll be editing the contest stories and sending them in.
    I don't really have much of a writing process really, but I do write almost exclusively at night. I don't have to worry about having other stuff to do, and *guilty look* if I'm on a roll, it's easier to cut into sleep time than busy daytime.

    This was such a fun post!!! (I find myself needing to search for some chocolate now) :)
    Are you doing nanowrimo?

  3. Lydia - Haha. I believe perfectionism is something all writers struggle with. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Mary - Pinterest is a fabulous resource for writers, but it definitely can also turn into a distraction.

    I wish you much success with your Sleeping Beauty stories! I contemplated entering this year's contest but decided against it when I couldn't come up with a good enough story. I think I'm too new to most fairytales to write good retellings.

    I can do a lot of writing at night too. The house is silent and everybody's asleep. There seem to be less distractions. Though just how much of my sleep time it cuts into isn't always the best thing.

    You need chocolate? *ships off a 50 pound box of chocolate bars*

    Yes, I am planning on participating in NaNoWriMo. Although, I'm not going for 50k. With how busy my life is currently and how I handle pressure and stress, I'm shooting for the personally less intensive goal of 25k instead.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I really appreciate them.

  5. What a fun tag! :) And It's great to hear you're doing NaNo this year. 25K is my minimum goal but 50K is my ultimate.

  6. Meghan - Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

  7. CHOCOLATE!!! I agree with you there. I don't have a reward system either, but getting chocolate for a certain word count sounds wonderful. I really enjoyed reading this and getting a peek into your writing process! Thanks for the tag!

  8. Thank you, Emily! I'm looking forward to reading your answers.


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