Today, Katie McGarry is stopping by for a “How I Write” feature, and is generously giving away a signed copy of Pushing the Limits! Many thanks to Katie for participating!
Are you a planner (outline, etc.) or do you “pants” it?
I’m a mix between a plotter and a pantser. I usually free write the first couple of chapters in order to find out who my characters are and then I’ll stop and plot. Once I know the direction of my story, I’ll start writing again, but typically my characters love to tear up my plot, dance all over it, and head in a whole other direction.
My character, Noah, from Pushing the Limits was notorious for this.
Do you write daily or sporadically when you’re inspired?
I try to write daily, but the answer is I write whenever I can find time. I’m a stay-at-home mom of three very active children. My families’ activities and needs come first.
I squeeze in writing time whenever I find those few beautiful moments just between me and my lap top.
What kind of mood are you typically in when you write (happy, sad, etc.)?
When I write, I “become” my characters. Their highs are my highs. Their hurts become my hurts. I cried several times while writing Pushing the Limits, but I also laughed quite a bit too.
Where is your favorite place to write?
On my front porch swing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
The best piece of writing advice I ever received was: if you don’t emotionally hurt while you’re writing your story, you aren’t writing the right thing. If I go pages and pages without feeling a twinge of ache or making myself giggle, then I’m coasting. I don’t want to coast through my story.