It’s here!! Today is the first day of the Gearing Up To Get An Agent (#GUTGAA) Blogfest/Pitch Contest! Today is simple. Deana Barnhart posted a few questions on her blog on Friday and asked that we answer them on our blogs today… Of course, there’s also the option of doing your own questions=) I hope you’ve joined, because this month is going to be awesome!
-Where do you write? I write at a desk in the living room.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My printed WIP (The Changeling) with an XBOX controller on top.
-Favorite time to write? After my kids go to bed. That way I get to put my earphones in and listen to music while I do what’s gotta be done=)
-Drink of choice while writing? Mountain Dew. I’m addicted. I mainline the stuff.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? Sort of answered in question 2, but I’ll elaborate. When I’m drafting or editing/revising, I need background noise that is familiar and can tune out, but I write better when it’s there.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? I had a dream one night about two girls standing outside an apartment complex. I could only see the feet of one of the girls. She was wearing socks with the lace on the ends and white dress shoes as she lay on the ground, the rest of her hidden by a corner of the building. That little girl was dead. And a creature had killed her. That’s where The Changeling came from.
The Gifted is a little different. I was in the middle of reading the Wheel of Time series (a great series I highly recommend). I was driving… somewhere, I don’t remember where, and thinking about what I’d just read and what it could mean for the rest of the series (you know it’s a good book when this happens). And then my mind started wandering to a girl from our world somehow getting trapped in a world like that.
-What’s your most valuable writing tip? Keep going. Even if every word you put down is an exercise in agony, keep going. You don’t have to write every day unless you want to, but when you do sit down to write, and you’re staring at your screen unsure of what to put next, just push through. The first one hundred words will be difficult, but once you get the rhythm, the agony will be over and the words will be like a warm knife in liquid butter.
Deana also asks that we put a little bio about ourselves up too, but you can easily go to Who the What? to find out more. Also, there’s a short bio at the bottom of every blog that says a little something about me=)
Anyway, I’ll be hopping through the list getting to know you too, so I’ll see you around=)