Behind The Scenes Writing Tag7:00 AM
My writing buddy Katie, who is awesome and deserves alllll the people visiting her blog, tagged me for a writing thing.
I like writing things.
Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?
Popcorn, but I wouldn't say I eat it while I'm writing as much as I stop writing in order to eat it and then find myself with a stuffed face and zero words and a greasy keyboard and more greasy fingers.
Hey, I try.
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When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?
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I prefer the darkness of night. I'm a night owl and what better time to be sitting there typing away and cackling to yourself than when everyone else is asleep?
It makes me feel gloriously evil. It's usually when I have nothing else going on and that's my time to sit down and procrastinate, with the occasional actual writing going down. I almost never write in the afternoon unless I'm doing something crazy like 10k and absolutely have to. I am not awake in the mornings, usually. Although, lately school has driven me to be awake earlier and I've tried to get in the habit of writing some before I leave for classes. So there's that.
Where do you write?
Apparently, some people have a consistent place where they sit down and write. To which I say: HA!
Actually I would say that you're allowed to write wherever you want but saying HA is much more dramatic and fun. So there. I sit on my bed, or the floor, or at my desk when it's not cluttered with stuff. If family is quiet/not home (who am I kidding, only when they're not home) I venture out and write at the dining room table, or on the couch or something. About once a week I venture out to the library/coffee shop and get writing done in those locations as well. Because writing in coffee shops is totally original.
How often do you write a new novel?
I can finish first drafts in about a month and a half, but that's usually followed by a bunch of months of hardcore Pariah edits to make up for probably neglecting that steampunk monstrosity in that time period. But I like to keep things fresh, so I probably start something new every four months or so? It really depends but that's likely my average. (The problem with this being that I have a bunch of completed first drafts lying around that I would love to edit but don't have the time to attend to the way they deserve. But so it goes.)
Do you listen to music while you write?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yesssssss. Pretty much anything, but it depends on the story/my mood. I'm actually not big on instrumental stuff and sountracks because apparently my brain works better when subjected to aggressive screaming. I focus best on writing while listening to Linkin Park, for some obscure reason. Other writing favorites include Twenty One Pilots because Twenty One Pilots works well with all things in life, the Sherlock Holmes movie soundtracks, Fall Out Boy, Coldplay, Young The Giant, Jon Foreman/Switchfoot, Snow Patrol, and the like. My genre is moody.
|This is my new favorite band. This is my life. These are my choices.|
What do you write on? Laptop or paper?
The artistic writer answer is something along the lines of "usually computer, but writing on paper is so ~romantic and writerly~". Writer though I am, I am not artistic, and I would probably stab myself in the eye with a fork if I had to write anything longer than snippets on paper, because I have wrist problems and my hands cramp easily and I have texture issues that make paper an absolute nightmare to touch for long periods of time, especially with a writing utensil. Also, I like keyboard sounds. So.
Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?
See also: "Screaming".
What do you do to get in the mood to write?
Real talk: If I waited until I was in the mood to write, I would not have very many words written. Ever. I don't believe in waiting for inspiration to strike; I can't afford that. I believe in sitting down and forcing words out until they come natural. Working for it, I guess? Writing is a fickle thing most of the time and we hate it and I'm slightly too practical to be in love with the idea of writing madly when the muse strikes me, so I beat myself and my words into submission instead and it's only slightly less painful than an actual flogging.
But oh well.
What is always near the place you write?
This question doesn't quite make sense to me, and I don't really have a consistent place where I write so it's always changing. But you will probably find food near me at all times, so there's that.
Do you have a reward system for your word count?
I've tried, but I'm inconsistent with even good things apparently.
So now my reward is simply that I don't have to write any more that day once I write however many words I wanted to write that night. And I get to surf Pinterest more. Which is a lame reward because I was doing that anyway.
Hey, don't knock my
flawed reward system.
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Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?
Real talk: A lot of crying goes down.
Other than that? Well, I can't stay still for more than about five minutes tops, so my writing is very...active. I usually write a paragraph or so, maybe more if I'm really into it. Then I get up, pace around, flop on the bed/couch if I'm at home, and revel in the feels I'm creating for a second before I go back, sit down, and repeat the process. Sometimes I can't stay still at all so I pace and write on the Google Docs app on my phone instead. Sometimes I stand up and jog in place while writing. I'm a crazy ESTP child and I must be on the go at all times, after all.
Look, we got through that and no one got hurt! *confetti*
People Who Are Now Tagged For The Thing:
Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout//Christina @ Fairy Skeletons//Anyone else who wants to do the writing thing
Go forth, my peeps. Write all the things.