I’m thrilled to have Lauren Oliver here today for a “How I Write” feature. I’m a huge fan of her books, especially of Delirium and Pandemonium (links take you to my reviews)! Many thanks to Lauren for participating!
Do you write daily or sporadically when you’re inspired?
Daily! I do 1,000 words a day, every day.
What time of day do you find you write best?
I prefer to write in the morning, when I’m super focused and can concentrate entirely on my work. However, it’s rare that I get to write in the morning—I often squeeze writing in between other tasks and responsibilities.
Do you have any writing quirks?
When I’m unsure about a phrase or passage, I write in All-Caps. That’s my way of basically bookmarking problematic passages without getting stuck; later, I’ll go in and adjust the language.
What tool(s) do you use to write? Microsoft Word, Pages, Scrivener, typewriter, and/or pen and paper?
Typically just a computer and Microsoft Word, but I also occasionally write by hand. And I wrote my first book on my Blackberry!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
Aim for truth and beauty will follow; aim for beauty and truth will not necessarily follow.