Must Haves for Writing
by Suzanne Lazear
I’m pretty adaptable when it comes to writing. I work full time and have a family. My writing time is at a premium, so I’ve learned to write whenever, wherever, from the work cafeteria to sitting on the foot of my daughter’s bed.
I wrote INNOCENT DARKNESS in two chunks. I wrote the first 11 chapters during a fast draft class, where the goal is to draft a 70k book in 2 weeks. I only got about 30k in, working on my laptop at night after my daughter went to bed, or while sitting on the couch and writing while she watched TV.
I wrote the remaining 66k during NaNoWriMo of 2009. (Though I shaved about 10k off in edits.) That was really rough since I was working full time and I have vivid memories of sitting on the floor and writing 8k on Thanksgiving Day in order to finish in time. I vividly remember someone saying something to the effect of “Oh, you’re trying to write a book? That’s so nice. Don’t be disappointed if nothing ever happens with it. Publishing is really hard. Greater people than you have tried and failed.”
Yeah. At least I had motivational pie.
Really, all I need to write is my laptop. I could be sitting anywhere—the kitchen table, the couch, the floor. I do like listening to music while I write, but it’s not always a must have unless I’m writing someplace noisy, or my family has a TV show not conducive to what I’m writing on in the background. (It can be hard to write kissing scenes with animated kids shows or Dirty Jobs going on.) I find music to be very inspiriting and I do like to make playlists for my books. I have the book 1 playlist up on the extras page at www.aetherchronicles.com
If I have major word count or revision goals, like during NaNoWriMo or a deadline, I’ll bribe myself with cookies or chocolate. (As in, if I write 500 words I get a cookie, there was a lot of bribing myself with cookies while writing INNOCENT DARKNESS) I’m a big fan of Cadbury fruit and nut bars, toffee from Trader Joes, sour patch kids, and those butter cookies with the slabs of chocolate on them. Also, it can be fun to work out problem scenes with sour patch kids.
I’ve also found a mini trebuchet can be handy when writing.
Thank you so much for having me on today.
Many thanks to Suzanne for stopping by today!