Like a good stealing artist, I stole this #WritersLife tag from Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages because it looked extraordinarily fun and while I blog 96% of the time about books: I AM ACTUALLY A WRITER TOO. I tend to avoid the topic of writing because a) I have no idea what I’m doing, b) I truly read more than I write, and c) I get nervous, okay!? NERVOUS LIKE A LITTLE SHIVERING PINEAPPLE. So be kind to me today as I talk (nervously) about my writing.
And I thought this was a particularly excellent time to talk about writing because I AM WRITING A NEW BOOK! I’m calling it my “NaNoWriMo Warm Up” — just so I remember how to write a book before November. This is why I’ve been strangely quite across the internet. But my fantasy WIP (work-in-progress) is nearly done (I’ve just hit 50K) so soon I shall be back into reading and blogging in full force!
WRITE FUEL: WHAT DO YOU EAT/DRINK WHILE WRITING?
I basically don’t?! I write like a fiend — with my fingers typing at a million miles an hour. I WRITE FURIOUSLY, OKAY?! There is a reason behind my blog title. So when I pause for a snack or to drown myself in an olympic pool’s worth of hot chocolate, I use it as a gloriously deserved break.
Plus it’s excellent motivation. “Finish this chapter and you can eat AN ENTIRE* MOOSE.”
* Spoiler: I have not actually eaten a moose. I don’t even know what I’m talking about half the time on this blog, sheesh.
WRITE SOUNDS: WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHILE WRITING?
Exactly nothing. I used to be an avid listener of soundtracks (hello Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman, specifically!) and I can even tell you which soundtrack related to which draft! BUT. Now? I find it too distract. Too much. Everything just needs to shuuuuuuuuush and let me think.
WRITE VICE: WHAT’S YOUR MOST DEBILITATING DISTRACTION?
My puppy, Atticus Bean. Because he is a devious troublesome little scoundrel and bops around eating what he shouldn’t and chewing everything else. He also likes to stare at me. STARE. Do you know what it’s like to be stared at by a puppy?!?!
I love him so much but he makes it hard to focus. I could play fetch or write 5,000-words. I MEAN, REALLY.
He also puts his paw on my laptop when I’ve spent too much time with it and not with him.
WRITE HORROR: WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE WRITING?
- Someone asked to read my book once. IT WAS TRAUMATIC AND TERRIFYING AND I’M STILL IN RECOVERY.
- I once lost a huge chunk of writing due to a not-saved-and-computer-shut-down moment. Not too extreme, but I maybe cried nine oceans worth of tears.
- I’ve been rejected. By a lot of people and publishers and agents and even small children. NOT that small children should be reading my scary books, but my 4 year old nephew gave me the Eyebrow Raise of Disapproval and questioned whether my book was really “interesting” or not. (I mean, my books have no pictures, so I do see where he’s coming from.)
WRITE JOY: WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED WHILE WRITING OR HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES?
This is really a two fold question so I shall answer two foldly!
- The first time I ever finished a book (!!)
- And every single book I finished thereafter because HEY I’M DOING A THING AND IT WASN’T JUST LUCK THE FIRST TIME!!
- That moment I signed with an agent.
- That moment when a beta reader said, “Awk, your writing is good, I wanna steal your brain and probably marry it”.
- When I sit back and think, “Out of the 50,000 words I’ve just written, I THINK THAT ONE SENTENCE IS GOLDEN. I’m going to be famous.”
HOW I CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES:
- Buy a small dragon.
- Take over a small universe.
- Rule firmly but maliciously.
- Eat copious amounts of chocolate while wearing a crown.
- Take 10 to 12 years off and just read.
WRITE CREW: WHO DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH OR NOT COMMUNICATE WITH WHILE WRITING?
For first drafts…usually I talk to no one. I tweet! I tweet the psychotic woes of a writer drafting. But I don’t specifically communicate with a writing buddy* or anything. I’m a lone creature.
* Although I will whinge about my book to my sister if she’s around. She’s very encouraging and tells me my book is great without ever reading it. She’s wonderful.
WRITE SECRET: WHAT’S YOUR WRITING SECRET TO SUCCESS OR HIDDEN FLAW?
Again a two foldly question which I will answer thusly:
- While drinking tears of a faerie during the autumn equinox while sitting under an umbrella tree wearing purple spotted socks — you will write amazingly. Trust me.
- Don’t compare yourself to published books. They’ve had 230289 professional people working on them. You’ve just got you.
- FINISH WHAT YOU START. It’s absolutely crucial to ever getting anywhere.
- Shh, don’t tell anyone, but I only have like 4 character skeletons and most of my books just reuse them with different names and different food obsessions.
- AKA. I suck at writing characters.
- Each of my books feature a different food quite intensely…but wait THAT’S NOT A FLAW.
- I’m notorious at contradicting myself. One minute he loves sushi, the next he’s allergic, the next he’s French and why even is he eating sushi I don’t know, he’s not conforming to stereotypes, that’s what. And by the end of the book he’s never even heard of sushi. So DO YOU SEE WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM? I give my betas heart attacks.
WRITE-SPIRATION: WHAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU PRODUCTIVE?
ME. No really! I am the biggest motivator behind my work because I want to finish it and I want to see it be published one day (hopefully!) and that’ll never happen if I don’t write or edit.
WRITE PEEVE: WHAT’S ONE THING WRITERS DO (OR YOU DO) THAT’S ANNOYING?
I do get frustrated when writers ask for critiques or advice and then…they justify everything you’ve critiqued. It doesn’t make sense to me! Clearly they didn’t want the critique so they just wasted my time by asking for it?! GAH. And, permit me to have two pet peeves because I’m a peevy person apprently, but I really get quite riled when writers claim they’ll do something better than a published author. In strain of, “Well, I’m going to write a dystopian book and it’ll be so way better than The Hunger Games.” Write a dystopian fine, BUT DON’T SAY STUFF LIKE THAT. It’s a) rude, and b) makes you look immature.
I, of course, am perfect and I find nothing peevy about me.*
* I’m just kidding. I so annoyed at myself that I generally have no confidence in my own writing. GAH.
WRITE WORDS: SHARE ONE SENTENCE FROM A PROJECT, PAST OR PRESENT.
My current project is about heists and assassins and chocolate and siblings. It’s very focused on siblings, who mostly love each other but would also love to kill each other at times. Because that’s what it is to be a sibling. There’s also a bit of magic and far too much dessert and lots of things die. SO MUCH FUN. And because, pfft, I don’t follow rules, I’m going to give you more than one measly little line.
Ashley @ Insert Title Here // Emily @ Loony Literate // Beth @ The Quiet People // Sophia @ Ravens and Writing Desks // Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales // Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout // Lisa @ Gods Daughter Forever
Or you can ignore me…I won’t cry too much.