November ,22 2015

Today’s post was supposed to be another instalment of Writing Wisdom in order to bring writing back to the forefront of this blog. However, I was reading the #WritersLifeTag on Bookworms in Dresses blog and knew this was the perfect tag for me. I realize it is celebrating #NaNoWriMo, which I don’t necessarily support, but it looked like a lot of fun. Therefore, to each his own, and here we go! bookskeepmesane.wordpress.comWrite Fuel: What Do You Eat/Drink While Writing? I usually forget to eat while writing, haha! My go to drink depends on the season. If it’s summer, then most likely I’ll reach for simple, classic ice-cold water, or a lemonade spritzer (combining Sprite and lemonade) which is delicious. All other months will dictate tea or hot cocoa. Write Sounds: What Do You Listen to While Writing? Every. Single. Time. I never listen to the same thing usually but I like to pick playlists off my iTunes library that fit most with the mood of the scene. If I need to write something really heavy and emotionally draining it will be instrumental music for most of the day. Believe it or not, I never listen to music that is intentionally happy. Something like “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by B.J. Thomas or “Happy” by Pharrell Williams wouldn’t make the cut. Write Vice: What’s Your Most Debilitating Distraction? University. When my school schedule takes over, my creative writing tends to sit on the back burner. I make it part of my routine to write every night even if I’m re-writing a scene to keep the ideas fresh. Write Horror: What’s The WORST Thing That’s Ever Happened To You While Writing? I write the majority of my scenes out in hand especially crucial ones like my ending. In 2013, my family was heading to Florida (Walt Disney World to be exact) for a month and I was right in the thicket of drafting major scenes for my novel Altai. I brought my trusty yellow lined paper and blue pens (I am very picky when it comes to pen colours, don’t ask me why) and everything I needed to continue working. Towards the end of the trip I managed to hash out the most important scene in the second half of my novel. I put it in my file folder and didn’t think much more of it until it came time that I needed it. A few months later, I reached for the folder and it was gone! To this day, I have no idea what happened to it! Damn sock gremlins changing occupation! After panic and rage, I recreated it from memory but I would have loved to have my draft handy. Write Joy: What’s the Best Thing That’s Ever Happened To You Whilst Writing? The best thing to ever happen to me while writing was getting struck with the next novel idea. I was working on some finishing scenes of a short story when all of a sudden the line I was writing triggered an explosion of new ideas. Immediately, I grabbed some loose paper and scrawled it all down. Thank god for scrap paper! Write Crew: Who Do You Communicate With (OR NOT) While Writing? I don’t tell anyone my ideas while I’m working on them. Some of my friends like to write to but don’t take it as seriously as I do or have other greater interests of their own. I’ll often feel out my friends and family members to see how they feel about a name. Other than that, its conversations in my head for me. Sounded weirder than I intended, haha! Writing Secret: What’s Your Secret To Success (Or Hidden Flaw?) Read your drafts in hardcopy! If I could give any piece of advice it would be that. Reading on the computer may seem easier and quicker but you would be amazed the amount of stuff you miss when it’s not in hardcopy. Print out your pages people! Not only for your own files but it will help you in the long run. Write-spiration: What Always Makes You Productive? My creativity seems to hit me hardest when I mentally cannot think about anything else. For example, I create long complicated backstories for all my characters so they become more three dimensional even if a lot of the qualities never make it into the final product. Once, a character’s parents got a little to interesting for my brain to handle. I had to stop writing what I was doing and focus on them. Two days later: BAM! 25 pages short story. You really never know when the characters will take you over. Write Peeve: What’s One Thing That Writers Do (or You Do!) That’s annoying? Even mentioning the idea of someone reading my work aloud makes me shudder. If I’m going to have to hear it out loud, I would rather it be my own voice then someone else. Probably stems from one of my old teachers who used to read all forms of dialogue with no intonation whatsoever. If Tommy was raging mad or super happy you would never know the difference. Write Words: Share One Sentence From A Project: I’ll give you two sentences because I’m a rebel ; ) “Every dry, underwhelming, crusty piece of bread seemed imprinted on my tongue. I knew if I was to return home with nothing but dreams of a lavish feast of wine, cheese, and thick cuts of red meat, I would be ashamed to call myself a man.” xo Novellette

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