Here is another part our look at behind the scenes of how I write. Maybe you’ll find something useful to try with your own writing.
– What do you write on? Laptop or paper?
Neither. I actually started out writing my first book on paper and then typing everything on the computer. I’ve tried composing on the computer but my brain just doesn’t work well with a glowing white screen in front of me. I told my mom I wished there was such a thing as a typewriter I could type on and then transfer to the computer. Low and behold, only about a week after I had said that, I discovered NEO. I am going to do an entire post about this best writing friend of mine as there is not room to do it here. But in a nutshell, NEO is exactly what I wanted. I can compose anywhere I want, transfer my stories later to the computer while I’m off doing something else and it saves my eyes from staring at the computer and a lot of time since I don’t have to write everything twice.
– Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?
Not really. I make sure I have everything I need and then get to work. If I haven’t exercised at all that day, I will usually try to do something to get my blood flowing for a few minutes before I actually write. And after I write I go to bed. I guess I’m not much of a “ritual” person.
– What is always near the place you write?
My water bottle, a calculator (to keep track of how many words I’ve written during each of my writing times), my notebook, “The Emotion Thesaurus” (more on this later) and I try to keep my whits about me when I write, though sometimes I wonder.
– Do you have a reward system for your word count?
I don’t actually have a reward system, but I do have a weekly goal of 5,000 words. It’s been a little while since I’ve actually reached that goal for several weeks in a row, but it’s been helpful to have it to strive for. I do keep a calendar with me and each day I write down the number of words I wrote. I’ve found this to be very helpful is making me write “just another hundred words.” Some times when I’ve exceeded my goal, I’ll let myself have the pleasure of spending 30 minutes before bed reading instead of writing.
– Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?
Well, the thing that I do which is probably different than most writers, is I usually write by thousand words. Not all the time on short stories, but most of my novels have been written in 1,000 word sections which I edit as I go. For me, it is much easier to get a few thousand words written and handed over to my editor at one time and then make the corrections then it is to hand over an entire novel and have to then go back and make major changes and have to spend days and days editing and correcting and rewriting. This is what works best for me though others may not think so.
What about you?
Do you have any tips and tricks you use? Do you keep track of your word count? How do you write?
I’d love to hear about your writing.