Welcome to The Big Reveal.
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.
Where do you usually write?
Joelene B. Perry, Published author
My dream setting on my couch, with my feet on the coffee table. No one home. Nothing happening around me. Clean house. Cozy socks. Pellegrino, potato chips and dark chocolate almonds. Break for a run with LOUD music and my playlist for my WIP, and then back on the couch for more writing. Ideal.
Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
My usual place is my little desk next to my bed, but I can write anywhere as long as it’s quiet. My ideal writing setting is a quiet room all to myself, no music, no interruptions for at least two hours, and a cup of hot chocolate with toast and jam. (If only they’d magically refill!) I don’t have a “dream” writing setting. Honestly the less exotic the better. It’s easier for me to dive into an imaginary world if the world around me is rather boring.
Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
I write in bed, lying down, on the laptop. I get paid to be on my back.
Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
I like to be alone in a quiet place. Usually I write at the kitchen table while my kids are napping. I usually drink Dr. Pepper or a mug of hot green tea.
Melodie Wright, Agented author
I write on a laptop in the mornings when my kids are gone. In the winter, I sit in our front room. In the summer, I sit in my office, which has lots of windows and French doors (but is too chilly in winter.) My teaching schedule is in the afternoons so I try to get in at least two hours each weekday before other demands take over. Ideal setting for me is anywhere it’s quiet. And while it’s nice to fantasize about writing on a beach or something, I wouldn’t get much writing done in an exotic location. A boring, white-walled room is probably the best setting for me to write. With a window overlooking something pretty.
Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I can write pretty much anywhere (and often do!) I have written on the backs of receipts in my purse, in my journal while waiting at the doctor’s office, and I often text myself bits and pieces I don’t want to forget. It drives my husband a little batty at times! Most often though, I write in my living room, laptop on my lap, happily listening to music (loudly) with headphones in. Nothing really distracts me from writing, I write with the TV on in the background, while dinner’s cooking, while my dog is squeezed on my lap too, accidently hitting keys with her paws, whenever, wherever. I’ve never thought about it, but I guess I’m glad I don’t need an ideal situation to be able to write. I just go for it.
Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
Sitting up in bed. In my underwear. Very quietly, because my wife is sleeping next to me. I like peace and quiet, no music, no talking. I also prefer chairs to sitting in bed, but it’s too dang cold to get out of bed at five a.m. And my dream setting in which to write? Whatever setting I’m writing about. Uh, assuming I could be guaranteed not to die, as some of my settings aren’t exactly safe.
Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
Anywhere in my house, but usually in my recliner chair while my kids run amok around me. I don’t mind music or noise or anything cuz I’m so used to it. I don’t have a dream setting because I honestly won’t have time to enjoy it. Whenever I write, I’m in my character’s world, not mine.
Jade Hart, Un-agented author
I usually write in one of the upstairs bedrooms with the sun spilling in and a glass of Coke Zero on the table. I don’t normally snack as I don’t like to type with dirty fingers, but I do drink a lot of soda. (which is extremely bad… I know, I know. But I don’t drink coffee or tea, so I have to get my caffeine from somewhere)
My ideal place to write would be Bali. But with no Husband. I was there not long ago and had full intentions to write, but it was too hard to ignore the pool and food with an eager hubby around. I would want to book into a suite for a month. For inspirational breaks I would go for a walk on the beach, a massage or a swim. Heaven.
Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
The main place I write is at home – either in the office or on my couch – but I often have to get creative given my work demands. When I travel, planes and trains become my best friend. If I can snag 30 free minutes at the office, I might do a quick re-read of something I wrote the night before. I also keep a notebook by my bed since many of my ideas seem to come to me in the morning or late at night.
If I’m in a public place, I sometimes play classical music on my iPod to block out the chatter so I can concentrate, but mostly I’m a music-free, snack-free, focus-on-the-writing kind of writer. I like to give the voices in my head my full concentration.
As unglamorous as it is, my dream place to write is in my bed on a Sunday afternoon. I don’t know why I love writing there so much…maybe because so many of my ideas come from dreams?
Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
Sometimes at my desktop in the computer room. Sometimes at my laptop, wherever. I usually have the music on. Once I got to spend a day and a half last summer at my parent’s lake cabin—alone. That was wonderful, and I’d love to do it again.
Where do you usually do your writing?