I swiped these questions from the Behind the Scenes Writing Tag because why not? There’s nothing quite as fun as interviewing yourself.
Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?
I'll sometimes make myself a mug of tea to drink when I want to feel like a real artist. After a couple sips, I forget it until the tea is ice-cold.
When do you normally write?
I don’t have a fixed time to sit down and write (though I should). Still, most of my writing happens in the afternoon/evening. My sweet spot seems to be around 12-3ish, though I obviously don’t have much time to write then.
Where do you write?
At my desk, with my gel pens, journals, and Iwako erasers to keep me company. Plus Totoro and Herschel. They’re my unofficial good luck charms.
How often do you write a new novel?
I've been trapped in the land of false starts for a few years now. The really good ideas do tend to stick around, though, and I feel like I've grown as a writer to the point where I might actually be capable of doing them justice. It's a wonderful feeling.
Do you listen to music while you write?
Sometimes. I create playlists for most of my projects, but I don’t always want to listen to them as I’m writing.
What do you write on? Laptop or paper?
Except for journaling and story notes (which I keep in notebooks), all of my writing goes on the computer. I type (read: hunt and peck) faster than I write by hand, and it’s easier to change things on Word, which actually helps me loosen up and write more freely.
Is there a special ritual you have before/after you write?
Before: Waste as much time as possible, then listen to a few of my favorite songs from that project’s playlist, wasting even more time.
After: Curl up in a ball and try not to cry.
What is always near the place you write?
Pens, pencils, markers, and notebooks.
Do you have a reward system for your word count?
Nope! If I could, I’d motivate myself with chocolate or ice cream, but I am poor and can’t afford gallons of ice cream. Or new pairs of pants.
Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?