Deana Barnhart's blog -- things like the schedule and the participaters. Today is introduction day, so I'm following the questions suggested by Deana. Here we go . . .
Where do you write?
On my laptop, which I don't actually use as a laptop because I sit at my desk when I write.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down, and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
The staircase climbing to the second story of my home. Much more interesting would be looking to my right. My beautiful book hutch, filled with my very favorite books, sits there.
Favorite time to write?
Late afternoon with a break for supper and then into the early evening. I'm not sure it's my favorite time for writing; it's just what works.
Drink of choice while writing?
I'm not allowed to have beverages anywhere near my computer (self-made and self-enforced rule). Things around me have a tendency to spill, and my computer doesn't enjoy being wet or sticky, so I take water breaks in the kitchen followed by a handful of dark chocolate M&Ms. Coffee, however, is never a drink of my choice, and this seems to break many a writerly rule.
When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Music distracts me, but neither is it completely silent when I write. My husband is often watching football or other sports while working on his teacherly stuff (my desk is located in a space open to our main living area), my kids are hustling about, and there is general hubbub.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
The middle grade novel Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Its mystery, voice, characters, and small town setting hit hard at my heart. I wanted to write a book that would hit readers the same way.
What's your most valuable writing tip?
Just keep writing. If you have stories living inside you, they won't come out until you write them. They might really stink at first, but with time (and revision!), writing improves. Who will tell your stories if you don't?