It’s Inquisitive Wednesday! On IW, I answer 5-10 questions, be they from awards, tags, or reader input.
Ooh, it’s been a while since I’ve done IW.
Today’s tag comes from my friend Schuyler at My Lady Bibliophile. Thank you, Schuyler!
And this tag is about my writing process! Here we go!
– Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?
Not really, though brainstorming at night with a bowl of cereal is nice. Mostly though, I eat ice. And when I’m really writing, forget the snackies.
– When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?
Well, I’ve been trying to become a Early Bird writer. It used to be that I write really well at night, but that changed within the last few months.
– Where do you write?
At the dining room table, in the armchair in the living room, on my bed. Sometimes at my desk, but it’s currently a mess and the chair I have is out to assassinate my back.
Ah the joys of being old at 24…
– How often do you write a new novel?
Start a new novel is whenever a plot bunny attacks.
Finish a novel is about once a year or every two years (editing in between).
– Do you listen to music while you write?
Sometimes. Just whatever I happen to be in the mood for, though sometimes it has to have a certain feel for the scene.
– What do you write on? Laptop or paper?
I used to write almost entirely longhand, except when editing. These days, I’m trying to get used to typing.
– Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?
Not really. Though I do try to daily ask God to bless my writing efforts. My talent and love of writing is from Him anyway. Plus, I like to think this helps me not procrastinate so much, remembering that I’ve asked God to bless what I’m doing.
– What do you do to get into the mood to write?
Dive in. Check my social media first thing in the morning, but then write. Getting myself excited about the story helps, too. I have various methods for that.
– What is always near the place you write?
I can’t get rid of them!
Also, my glass or coffee mug, whatever I’m drinking.
– Do you have a reward system for your word count?
No. Though this year for NaNo, I have a sort of reward system. Which basically involves getting to social media after my daily wordcount is reached (which means [almost] no social media before I’m done). Also, if I win NaNo, I think I’m going to buy myself a new coffee mug and a new book. (If I manage to write a whole novel in one month, I’ll have cut my novel writing time record by 75%. I think that merits cute new coffee mug and a new book.)
– Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?
I try not to talk about my WIPs while I’m in the first draft (Though I really want to talk about it, I lose interest if I do).
I am instinctively a pantser, though I still like to have some idea of what I’m doing.
I roleplay dialogue.
I almost always want to start a story in first-person POV, though I write in third-limited because I’m terrible at first (I have no idea what is up with this wacky default).
Another default is what I call Pride and Prejudice Romance– basically, my couples almost hate each other before they fall in love (not every couple I write is like this, but it happens a lot).
UPDATED TO ADD: By the way, I HAVE 200 BLOG FOLLOWERS NOW!