Please welcome Lauren Gibaldi, author of AUTO FOCUS! She’s visiting A Book and a Latte today for a How I Write feature as part of her blog tour. Check out my Q & A with Lauren below, and be sure to enter the giveaway!
About Lauren Gibaldi
Are you a planner (outline, etc.) or do you “pants” it?
A mix of the two. Mostly a pantser, but when I get stuck I figure out where I want to go and then backtrack. I create a mini-plot along the way.
Do you write daily or sporadically when you’re inspired?
Ideally daily, but sometimes that isn’t possible (due to work, being a mom, etc.). So…most days? Let’s go with most days. J
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve always written! I have journals from when I was in elementary school that are adorable and embarrassing all in one. I never knew I’d become an author of books, but I knew I always wanted to write.
What time of day do you find you write best? Or you enjoy more?
First thing in the morning. I’m most inspired then.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I write either at my kitchen table, a coffee shop near my house, or behind the library where I work. I think the last is my favorite, because my co-workers like to spy on me, and mostly it’s funny.
What tool(s) do you use to write? Microsoft Word, Pages, Scrivener, typewriter, pen and paper, and/or napkins/toilet paper?
A mixture of a few things. If I plot anything, I plot in a notebook with pen. I’ll write character biographies and stuff in there, too. Then, I write the book in Google Drive, this way I can load it while on break at work. Then I edit in Microsoft Word.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
From my agent and editor, both have advised me to ensure all characters give something to the plot. If I mention them, make sure there’s a reason. It’s helped tremendously.
What types of writing events have you participated in (NaNoWriMo, conferences, workshops, etc.)? Which was your favorite?
My first book, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, was a NaNoWriMo book. I love NaNoWriMo—it’s such a great way to get a book done. Aside from that, I spoke at the Florida SCBWI conference, and I go to ALA each year.
What aspect of writing is most challenging for you? Easiest?
Right around 20,000 words you hit a spot where you think your book is the worst thing that’s ever been written. Getting out of that mindset—that’s probably the most challenging. The easiest is starting.
What do you use as inspiration while writing? (Music, pictures, etc.)
Music most often. While driving to work, I listen to songs I liked in high school to get back into that teenage mindset. I read my old journals, I look at old pictures. Stuff like that.
Thank you for answering my questions!
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