Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
In an effort to keep you and I from falling into an insanity rut, I’ve decided to combine my typical Thursday Thirteen Meme with something different—Deana Barnhart’s Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blog Fest.(GUTGAA)
Week One of GUTGAA kicks off with a Meet and Greet, where writers connect with readers, agents and fellow writers. We share tidbits about our writing routines and aspirations. Deana has thoughtful provided questions and since I’m a fan of Thursday Thirteen, can guess how many I’ve chosen to answer?
- Where do you write? I have a laptop so I can write anywhere.
- Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My writing kitten. I’m trying to train him to curl up next to me while I write. So far, I’m not that successful. He’s playing with a yarn toy, looking cute and being a distraction.
- Favorite time to write? Mornings after my children go to school.
- Drink of choice while writing? Tea.
- What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript? The concept of my novel Dark Bringer came from a childhood game I used to play before bed where I’d imagine the darkness was real and would take link up to take different shapes.
- Do experiences in your daily life influence your stories? Definitely. When a storm knocked out our power for a few days, I realized how reliant I am on electricity. This birthed the second half of Dark Bringer, how regular people would use electrical light to keep the dark at bay.
- When writing , do you listen to music? Sometimes. I’m a fan of mood music, instrumental background stuff when I write.
- Do you write with others? Sometimes, when I’m doing the first draft I’ll take part in writing challenges where we type as many words as we can during a time limit.
- Do you use a computer or a pencil/pen? Computer.
- What’s your favorite writing craft book? I read a lot of craft books so my favorite one changes, but my currently it’s Being a Writer by Dorothea Brande.
- Is there a writing resource site you’d recommend? Yes, here’s one a friend shared with me recently: http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/
- And another site that’s fun is: http://iwl.me/ Where you get to compare your writing with a famous authors.
- What's your most valuable writing tip? Keep at it. Each time you write, you improve.
Well, you’ve read my answers, but I’m always collecting advice and suggestions? Do you have a writing tip for me? A site I should visit? Please share.