What do you do to prepare yourself for writing, do you have to do something to get in the right frame of mind? What is your overall writing process?
You could say that I have quite a little ritual when it comes to writing! It’s not really by choice, I suppose, but it’s something I do before I sit down and write without fail. First, I get the milk out of the fridge and hand it over to my 21-month-old daughter. Then I take her upstairs, find her huge Elmo stuffed animal, and sit in the big comfy chair. We then rock and snuggle and she puts her hand up my shirtsleeve and drinks her milk until she falls asleep. Once I am assured that she’s well out, I dump her in her crib, steal the milk, sneak from the room and dash back downstairs. Time to turn on the computer! It’s quiet! Let’s write!!!
I am a mother to two young girls, one of which is in kindergarten and the other who thankfully still naps about an hour a day. This is the ONLY time I have to write anything at all. It is when I am writing this guest post! Someday, when both of my daughters are in school, I can only imagine what I can get done. But for now, it’s all I have and I cling to it!
I like for it to be quiet when I write. I used to like noise when writing, music and such. However, now, I think my life is so filled with noise all day everyday that when it comes time to write…the whole hour or so that I get each day…I just want silence! I often have an iced tea or big glass of water nearby and sometimes some animal crackers or whatever snack is handy as well.
I don’t really feel like I have to get in the right frame of mind in order to write. The right mood is almost always there. There are days here and there when I don’t feel like it, but they are very far and few between. To me, writing is something I NEED. The doctor tells you to work out because it’s good for you. Of course, that’s true, but I also feel like writing is good for me. It’s something that is mine in a life that is never ever ever about me. I give and give all day long and I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, having writing all to myself makes me feel like the me I was before I had kids is still here!
My writing process is pretty random. I don’t outline. I don’t keep notes. I sit down to a blank screen, put my fingers on the keyboard and go! That being said, I don’t write unless a story bothers me so much I can’t sleep at night. Once I start a story, it’s hard for me to stop and I work on it every chance I get until it’s done! When I’m not working on a novel or novella, I write articles and other things for clients and that keeps me happy between projects.
“Wrong Place, Right Time” is a story that I actually wrote in less than a month. IT came to me at a writing conference and wouldn’t go away. I wrote it while highly pregnant and uncomfortable. The only part I don’t like about the story is that there are characters in that I love so much I want to write a sequel and I don’t know when I could do that. They haven’t told me what their story is yet. But if they ever do…watch out!
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