I was tagged on this by the fabulous Natalie Roberts over on her website www.natalieroberts.net, about three weeks ago. Yes, this is me just getting to it now. Bad!
However, I thought it would be a perfect blog post for Author Thursday’s. And it’s a quick, easy one to do today as I have a shit ton of work to do today. If you want to check out Natalie’s answers, head over to her post HERE.
Anyway, enough chatter, let’s do this…
1. What do you eat or drink while writing?
Coffee. Large quantities of the stuff. I try not to eat while I’m writing, (not always successful) as I don’t want foodstuff all over my keyboards. Pretzels were probably my biggest vice. On a healthy eating plan right now, so no pretzels for me anytime soon.
2. What do you listen to while writing?
I have quite an eclectic taste, so anything really that fits the scene I’m writing. It can be Pop, Rock or even instrumental big band music. It really depends on my mood at the time or the mindset I need to get myself into.
3. What is your biggest writing distraction?
I would imagine, it is the same as others. Social Media! Instagram and Twitter are probably my biggest distractions. Facebook, I can take or leave. Don’t even get me started on YouTube! I need to ban that site while I’m writing. One video inevitably turns into half a dozen and before you know it three hours has passed, and you’ve done no work.
Another distraction is people, who think that because I work from home, I can drop whatever I’m doing when they appear uninvited. That is another conversation entirely and one that would take all day.
4. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?
I don’t have anything bad that has occurred in that instance. All my manuscripts and outlines are backed up automatically from Scrivener to OneDrive, both my PC and Mac share the same writing software, etc. I think the only bad thing that happened was that I spilled coffee on my keyboard for my PC. Thankfully it wasn’t my MacBook which I usually write with.
5. What’s the best thing that ever happened to you while writing?
I reached 40,000 words in my first manuscript. Still, another 35,000 or so to go, but it marked the halfway point of my first draft.
6. Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?
I sometimes speak to my best friend/beta reader Sue while writing, especially if I want her to read over a scene. Usually, I try and avoid any communication as it always leads to further distraction.
7. What’s your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw?
I am a planner, almost to an obsessive point. Type-A personality traits! However, I think it has helped me stay focused and achieve the bulk of the writing goals I have set out.
My biggest flaw, I am by my very nature a perfectionist and always need to be in control. However, this can be a hindrance when moving forward as I always feel like my work is never finished, never good enough. I have always been like this, even in other creative aspects of my life.
8. What inspires you? Or what makes you productive?
The successes of other writers like myself, regardless how big or small the success. It reminds me that anything is possible with focus and hard work.
9. What is one thing you do or other writers do that’s annoying?
The confidence I love, arrogance I don’t. And let’s face it there are plenty of writers out there guilty of arrogance. (Just look on YouTube, you’ll find a few there.) Writing a book doesn’t make you better than anyone else, it does not make you all knowing, it certainly is a tremendous achievement, but not something you look down your nose at newbie writers for.
Other pet hate is writers bashing other authors, now don’t get me wrong I have read some poorly crafted stories, but do I feel the need to bash these authors, publicly. Hell no, they wrote a book, no matter how shit it is, that is an achievement.
What I will mention in reviews, however, are poorly edited books/novels and hastily designed book covers. There is absolutely no excuse for releasing a book that you expect consumers to buy, then ask them to tolerate poor grammar, punctuation, spelling errors, etc.. The books you have slaved away for months, years writing needs to be the best it can be. If you don’t care enough about your work to employ the services of an editor/beta readers, how can you expect any commitment from the reader in return? Jumped on my soapbox there for a moment, my apologies.
10. Are you willing to share something you’ve written?
I used to write FanFiction a couple of years ago on A03 for a while based off the Dragon Age Franchise, but looking back on it now, it was total shit. My writing has improved so much since that time. However, I am grateful for that experience and the fellow writers I was introduced too. Would I share it? Hell no, too many people have already witnessed that train wreck.
I blog almost every day, so you can read that or wait until early 2017 and read the first book in the Evolved Series. 🙂