For me writing is a time to relax, to dream, to fantasize about mythical creatures and imagine how my life could have turned out differently if I had made different choices. I know some people can write in public places with all sorts of noise and people around but for me I need quiet, solitude and something to look at. I also find that generally I am at my most creative in the morning. For me the best writing occurs when I’ve had a good night’s sleep, get up at 6 or 6:30 and start writing by 7 or 7:30 AM.
I also find that I need an outline. I like to have a clear idea of where I’m headed in a story so I always plan a novel at least two or three chapters ahead of time. Before I write I have a look at my outline (especially if I’m at the end of a chapter). Also at least once a month I look over the tips my esteemed editor, Pat, gave me from my first book (this was done during the writing of book 1 as well). I find that generally I only write in short bursts, 20-30 minutes tops then I’ll look out the window, possibly check my e-mail or pet one of my cats if they happen to be on the table with me. Generally I do most of my writing at home but since my wife gave me an iPad for my birthday a few months back I find myself using that to do a little writing if I’m at a book signing, a flea market, on a train, boat or plane. A friend gave me the idea of writing just 1 page a day, surprisingly by sticking with that I found writing to come along quickly and before I knew it (well 8 months for the first, 4.5 months for the second) the rough draft was done.
With my first book published, I also find it useful to keep a copy of “The Newfoundland Vampire” nearby, it serves as both an inspiration and a guide as I work on book 2. For me I try to write about places that I’ve been (or wish I’d been) and either way I like to look at pictures of that place before I write the scene. As the main character, Joseph, is about 90% me, it is always a lot of fun to revisit these places in my mind and see how I would act differently in my imaginary world. For some scenes I try to imagine the whole thing in my mind and then get it down on the screen as accurately as possible.
When it comes to personal preference, I find I enjoy writing the sex, action and humor scenes the most. The best scenes for me just fly out of my brain and I worry about cleaning up dialogue, punctuation and grammar at later time. While I’m certain writing could be taken a scientific approach for me its artistic expression and the best way I have to communicate my ideas and feelings to the world.
-Thanks so much to Bob for hosting, much appreciated! If you haven’t checked it out yet perhaps you’d like to see the first fruit of my labour, The Newfoundland Vampire, I hear it’s got bite (sorry couldn’t resist! ;)
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