I’m not sure if I’ll tell Irina’s story here. Already my notebook is full with it but I haven’t yet got to the heart of what I wanted to say.
While I am thinking about that, I will play with Emily’s meme.
“Instructions: Please answer the Meme with a post on your blog, and reference the original link: Got Muse? A Writer-To-Writer Meme. Leave the link to your Meme in my comments section, so we can go read it!”
Got Muse? A Writer-to-Writer Meme:
1) Where do you write?
Everywhere but most often in an underground shopping mall outside Lehman brothers. Is there some dreadful symbolism there?
2) When do you write?
All the time but most often in my lunch break. Some days I only write for 30 minutes, sometimes 45, sometimes an hour, depending on what is happening at work. I don’t count the words. I always know roughly how many words it is but my rule is to write for a set amount of time, regardless of the number of words.
3) Planner or Pantser?
Writing is a process of discovery, but I always plan how best to present the discoveries I’ve made. I rarely write in the sequential order in which a story appears in its final form. In order to maximise the use of my writing time I write about whatever is uppermost in my mind, which might be anywhere in the story.
4) Coffee or tea?
Not while I’m writing because I don’t have time.
5) Pen and paper, or computer?
I write a lot at the computer but for my daily routine I use a small notebook which I can take with me anywhere, particularly to the underground shopping mall.
6) What gets you in the writing mood?
7) What pulls you out of the writing mood?
What my colleagues call a “production crisis” which means everyone is shouting because a vital computer system is down. It’s not quite as serious as a global financial crisis but it’s more distracting.
8 What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever read/heard/received?
From Raymond Chandler. Set aside a time when you will write every day. It doesn’t matter how much you write or how much time you set aside. I think he set aside four hours. But the rule is you’re not allowed to do anything else. You can’t sharpen your pencil, look out the window, listen to music. Nothing. Sooner or later you will get bored and write something. But if you don’t set aside the time you will never write often enough to produce anything worthwhile.
9) Got muse?
I discover inspiration through writing. Once you start, it never ends.
10) Who is the biggest supporter of your writing?
My wife enjoys reading what I write. Sometimes without my permission. She once discovered one of my novels hidden under my bed and she read it through in one day while I was at work. She even showed one of my stories to a friend without my permission because she wanted to show it off. But most of the time I don’t want to share what I write. I’m a very private person.
11) Sound or Silence?
I prefer silence and only use music to drown out distracting conversations. I sometimes listen to music when I am typing up my notes but if I start to get involved with what I’m typing then I don’t hear anything anyway.
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