I’m thrilled to have Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott, co-authors of THE WAY BACK TO YOU, on A Book and a Latte today! They’re stopping by for a How I Write feature as part of their blog tour. Check out my Q & A with them below, and be sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Authors
Are you a planner (outline, etc.) or do you “pants” it?
Mindi: Planner, for sure! I spend months of upfront planning stories—sometimes before I write even one word for them.
Michelle: Let me preface this by saying I’m a Gemini, and sometimes I Gemini hard. So, okay, I’d definitely call myself a planner. But at the same time, over-planning can be stifling because if I know too many specifics, I get bored? See what I mean! Geminis, man.
Do you write daily or sporadically when you’re inspired?
Mindi: It’s never daily, because I work part-time two days a week. My goal is always to write all day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I also add in partial or full days of writing on weekends, depending on how my deadlines are looking and whether I have other obligations.
Michelle: Oh gosh, if only I could say I was disciplined enough to write every day. That typically only happens when things are dire! But if I’m not actively writing, then I’m probably obsessing over what needs to be written, so the days aren’t total losses.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Mindi: Anne Frank was a big part of why I started writing. I believe I was around ten years old when I read her diary, and I wanted to be honest and contemplative like her. I started writing in my own diary at that time, and continued through high school.
Michelle: I wish I was one of those writers who knew at a young age! In retrospect, my subconscious was dropping hints all over the place – I’d tell myself stories to fall asleep, or invent new plotlines for shows I watched (like mental fan fiction!). But it wasn’t until high school that I got a glimmer of a clue that I enjoyed writing, and then I started writing regularly in college. Late to the party, as always!
What time of day do you find you write best? Or you enjoy more?
Mindi: I don’t seem to have a standard best time. Every day varies. I do find that I am most likely to produce a sudden burst of words late in the day, though. Just when I’m expecting to call it a night. 😉
Michelle: Same! I love writing super late at night. Probably because I’m too exhausted to care if whatever I’ve written is terrible or not (which makes my life so much easier, not kidding).
What kind of mood are you typically in when you write (happy, sad, etc.)?
Mindi: Inspired! Which eventually changes to . . . frustrated! No matter how my mood starts out on any given writing day, I’ll usually get rattled at some point; writing is never as easy as I wish it were.
Michelle: Oh wow, it totally depends, I think. I’m not sure I ever go into it the same way? But one mood that is a recipe for certain misery is being distracted. If there’s a ton of stuff tripping around my head, I won’t get anywhere!
Many thanks to you both for answering my questions!
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