I can not explain how excited I am to write this post! GUTGAA (Gearing Up To Get An Agent) has begun! Not only are the writing opportunities fantastic with this blogfest, but it's so fun to get to meet up with new people and form new connections.
So, welcome to Motivation for Creation and it's nice to meet you!
If you have not signed up yet, or have no idea what GUTGAA is, go here to read more. You can sign up anytime this month, but must do so on the "master linky list" here.
Today is the Meet and Greet Blogfest, and so I get to answer some fun, introductory questions about myself.
Where do you write?
Here's a picture of my humble writing space.
I'll often write with the curtains open, so I can see outside. The only downfall is the sun is really bright and I'm exponentially increasing the depth of the wrinkle on my forehead by squinting. I can't help it, though, because I love looking outside and seeing the prairie, the meadowlarks and the kittens on the front deck.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
One of our many sets of bookshelves. The shelf I'm looking at holds astronomy, cosmology and quantum mechanics books, plus a gold horse statue that was my great-grandfather's and sister's before it came into my possession. When my sister was ten-ish she named the statue "Goldie."
Favorite time to write?
It depends on if I go to work or not. On the days I go to work, early morning is good because I'm not exhausted from the day. On days I don't go to work, I seem to gravitate to afternoon hours.
Drink of choice while writing?
Diet soda (either Coke or Pepsi is fine) or coffee. I'm trying to drink more water, too.
When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I rarely have complete silence since the television is on the other side of the room. If I have my choice as to what is coming out of the speakers on the TV, I'll choose the new age music channel. The only caveat to listening to music while I write is the music can't have words. One of my favorite bands to listen to while writing is Albannach, a Scottish Tribal drumming band.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I found my inspiration for Finding Meara at work. I will often see the ramifications of abuse on children, but never have control to see justice done for these kids. I wanted to write a story about the need for children to be protected, and have the abusive father get his comeuppance, too.
What's your most valuable writing tip?
The only one I have is to try to write every day, at least for ten minutes. In ten minutes you can have a page written and if you do that every day, you can have the first draft of a novel in a year. Write for twenty minutes, and you can have a first draft done in six months. Plus, if I sit down with the intent to write for ten minutes, I often will keep writing for much longer.
Now I get to go meet everyone else! Have a great Monday and a great GUTGAA!