Category : Wednesday Writer’s Workspace

TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Mina Burrows

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Mina Burrows, author of that fun blog, Books for Paranormal & Mystic Minds.

Welcome, Mina!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Mina Burrows

Hi Nutschell.  Thanks for having me.  I live in South Florida, and I am married with two kids.  I basically break myself down into three parts: family, work and writing.  Like most people, family is a huge part of my life.  I mention this because my family, for me, represents who I am as a writer and a person.  Oh and they also keep me crazy busy.  Another part of my life is that I’m a digital marketing consultant and run a small agency with a hand full of clients.  It’s hard work at times, but the flexibility to be with my family is priceless.  And finally, the third part of my life is that I’m a fictional writer.  I write mostly paranormal romance, but I’ve ventured into other genres like YA, children’s picture books and new adult.  I guess I write what I feel like.  As far as hobbies, I’m an insatiable reader and a wannabe gardener.  My hidden talent doesn’t sound like one, but it is.  The one thing I’m insanely good at is being resourceful.  It sounds crazy, but I’ve always had the ability to find incredible uses for useless things.  As much I’d loathe a post-apocalyptic world, you’d probably want someone like me in your tribe, rebel group, commune or district.  LOL!

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

This is a picture of my desk.  I run my business here as well, but when I have an hour to spare, and I’m not exhausted from my day, I write here.

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2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

If you can believe, my husband who is a pack rat, picked this desk up at a garage sale.  He paid $18 bucks, and it’s a battered pottery barn desk.  Impressive, huh?  Yeah, he has all sorts of mad skills.  Anyway, as far as my work area, I try to keep it clean to help me stay organized.  The desk is covered with items I’ve accumulated from my family and kids to inspire my writing.  For example, my daughter started recently changing the monster high doll on my desk which I don’t mind.  I appreciate her creativity, and she helps me with mine. icon smile Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Mina Burrows

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

The most important piece thing on my desk is my laptop.  After that it’s an internet connection and then iPhone/iPad.  Technology is my lifeline, and it sucks when any of these items goes down.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My desk is near a window, and I love being able to glance outside throughout my day.  My spider-monkey action figure from Ben 10 is a must from my son.  I think I like that show more than my kids do.  My raven reminds me of Poe, who is one of my favorite authors.  I use my raven to remind me to be brave, authentic and to always strive for exceptional work.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever reach my raven’s expectations though.*sigh*

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee.  Water.  Wine.  Usually in that order and throughout the day.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Jane Austen.  I picked up Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion as a random purchase decades ago not knowing a thing about the author or the book.  After that I was hooked, which goes to show you that great literature doesn’t need to be taught…it just needs to be read.  Writers like classic authors, Austen, Shelley, Stoker and Poe, and more recent traditionally published ones like Dean Koontz, Julie Garwood, Jennifer Ashley and Kresley Cole are some my favorite authors.  From a self-published perspective, I adore writers like Elizabeth Reyes and really just any indie writer has been an inspiration to me.  I read all types of books, so I come across all types of writers.  The writing journey itself is such an arduous task that I can’t help but be inspired by authors and their personal stories.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

My day starts off with trying to get as much client work done as possible, so I can do my own writing.  I feel like I’m always in a hurried state to get to what I really want to be doing, which is writing and spending time with my family.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write every day, but there are days when that’s impossible.  When I do write, I do as much as possible i.e. a scene, chapter or edit on a current project until I’ve exhausted myself or until the duty of being a mom calls.  I feel like social media and blogging is a huge distraction which is why I’ve slowed down blogging and socializing online.

 

4. Why do you write?

When I first started writing, I had a story that haunted me as a kid until I wrote it down.  Once I finished writing the stories (mostly short stories) I’d put them away and forget about them.  It wasn’t until later when I wrote my first novel that I understood my real purpose.  From then on, the stories kept coming.  “Scribo ergo sum” –yeah, “I write, therefore I am?” pretty much sums it up.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Working out helps me free my mind to think about plots and it also helps with stress.  There are days why I’m my writing flows easily and others times when it’s like I’m trudging through the dessert.  I go with the flow and write when I can and pray that it doesn’t suck.  Whenever I doubt myself and think I’ll never measure up, I remember the quote by Judy Garland. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Mina!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Christiana P. aka The Capillary

 

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Christian P., author of that fun blog, The Capillary.

Welcome, Christiana!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

 

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Christiana P. aka. The Capillary

My name is Christiana P. I have been involved in nursing for the last 10 years, working as a Registered Nurse for the last six in Canada and the UK. I have been recently qualified as a massage therapist and currently work as both at the moment.

I love to write urban fantasy. As much as I love world building for high fantasy, I find urban fantasy a little more relatable for people. It also allows me to bring back some magic into my characters lives who are, let’s face it, snap shots of people in my life who think fantasy and sci-fi are cop outs as far as works of fiction are concerned.

My hobby and interests are martial arts and fitness. I recently reached my first dan (first level of black belt) in Olympic Style Taekwondo, and I’m working towards my first dan in the non-Olympic style Taekwondo. In the last couple years I’ve gotten involved with competing at various levels in both styles and have had a surprising amount of success, though I wouldn’t call this a hidden talent.

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On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing at my desk. Doing “work” or studying at a desk is something I was conditioned with from a very early age. When I’m feeling rebellious I’ll move a foot over to my sofa and put my feet up.

I’d love to be one of those people who can go to a cafe or library and be productive, but it just doesnt’ work. I end up spending most of my time watching people. Which is great if you need some inspiration for a character, but productivity? Not so much.

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2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My original desk was bought second hand from GumTree and fit into the corner nicely, but my legs didn’t fit under it very well so I was constantly sitting at angle. After some bargaining with my husband I agreed to go to Ikea with me to get the desk you see now (’cause you know, you never come back from Ikea only with the things on your list…).
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Setting up this work area was difficult as my husband and I had moved from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom house. I had wanted to set up my work space in the spare bedroom but we quickly agree that we would struggle to host visitors. I’ve always been able to have a space dedicated to myself for all hours of the day. So setting up my works space in the living room and having my husband in the same space ( particularly in the evenings) was an adjustment and my productivity took a massive blow for the better part of a year.

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

The most important thing on my desk besides the obvious computer is a notepad and pen. Even on my most productive days I can hit a road block that needs a bit of back to basics writing. The other constant companion is a mug of tea. I have a number of different mugs and teas but my favourites are lemon and ginger tea in my Tim Hortons mug.

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4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I don’t have any favourite objects. My work space is a practical space: I need the space to focus and think. Not very interesting for someone who falls under the “artsy” category.

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

My favourite authors are David Eddings, not because he was super original, but he took a typical story and made it memorable with his characters; Robert Jordan, for what I think is one of the most complicated and original fantasy stories; K.A. Applegate, who made YA sci-fi the coolest ever.

Funny enough, it wasn’t an author that inspired me to write, it was my group of friends in high school. It’s like we had a little writing group for a while and we spent a number of lunch hours reading each other’s WIP’s. I typically don’t become nostalgic for my teen years, but when I do, it’s those lunch hours I dream about: where else did you have a writing group that met every day (or near enough)?

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

0830 – Training

1030 – FREEDOM (…/studying)

1230- Lunch

1300 – Work/Studying

1700 – Supper

1900 – Training

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During my two hours of freedom I typically do my most writing, editing, brainstorming, and napping. It’s not a lot of time, and sometimes other appointments eat into that time so it’s not a regular, set time every day. When work is slow sometimes I get a chance to scribble a few ideas out.

Tea. I always need a hot cup of tea next to me when I write. Even in the heat of summer.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try during my couple hours of freedom, but like I mentioned, sometimes this time get filled up with non-training, non-business related things, or I pick up a shift at the hospital. If this happens I end up having binge writing days once or twice a month where I shut the world out and crank out a few thousand words.

Worst distraction: PINTEREST. A close second is the Facebook.

I always pretend it’s for business related things, but let’s not kid ourselves.

 

4. Why do you write?

I guess the short answer would be simply to make sense of the world and how I feel about things that happen in my life.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

My favourite quote is pictured “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” I love it because it applies to so many aspects of life: training, writing, studying, or even just day to day life. But on the flip side, you need to get out. 

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Writing is such a solitary endeavour: you have to spend hours and hours at every stage by yourself, and in your head. Even though you have all sorts of social media platforms at your fingertips you risk becoming disconnected from the world around you. Get up, go to an exercise class, take a different route to work, enjoy being at that wedding, go on a road trip with a friend, and make time for family. Not only will it keep you grounded but it’ll spark your imagination, renew your enthusiasm, and make you appreciate your  writing dream.

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Christiana!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Emilyann Girdner

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Emilyann Girdner, author of the fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Emilyann Girdner.

You can find Emilyann blogging at www.anythingimagined.blogspot.com

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The Labyrinth Wall is the tale of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free.

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

Find it here: The Labyrinth Wall

 

Welcome, Emilyann!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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I’m a Communication Specialist at organizational development firm in Florida. My primary responsibilities involve writing weekly blog content, producing graphics and monitoring social media.

As for my favorite genre, I prefer fantasy fiction (and explore many possibilities within that realm).

A hidden talent you ask? I usually have a knack for guessing movie plots long before they’re revealed. However, I feel like that’s getting rusty.

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

This is tough, because I change up my writing locations a lot. Sometimes I work on my laptop on the couch, sometimes at the kitchen table and sometimes on the desk in my room. For the sake of narrowing things down, I’ll say I work on the couch most, because that room is brighter.

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Emilyann’s Workspace

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

Since I work on the couch, I use the coffee table for my water or powerade zero. The coffee table was a piece from Walmart.

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Well, standard on my coffee table you will find a lit candle, coasters, and a tic-tack-toe board. Beneath it are my photo albums, which are nice to have close by. But when I write, you’re likely to see my sketch book where I draw inspirations or characters. But no matter where I’m writing in the house, you’ll almost find my cat Benny beside me, and my iphone set to a Pandora station.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I like the comfort of the couch and the brightness of the room. Definitely Benny’s presence and music are musts for my writing comfort. I love to have Pandora set to the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter stations.

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Ice water is a favorite, because I’ve got a terrible habit of chewing on the ice (not because the water is healthy). As I mentioned, I love Powerade Zero. Sometimes if I’m being mischievous I like to drink sweet tea.

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My favorite photo: The side ponytail is my signature, I love the 80’s and this was a fun 80’s dress up night at my dorm and it brings back memories of my freshman year at college which was one of the best times in my life

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Terry Brooks is my favorite author. The Elf Queen of Shannara has been my favorite book since I first read it in eighth grade, which is also about the time my love of writing truly began taking hold. Over the years many encouraging people like family and teachers have inspired me to write.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

It all depends on the project as far as the ritual. There is almost always some research involved no matter what to get me in the right frame of mind and get my ducks in a row. It’s funny because I asked my husband about his perspective on this question, and he said my quirk is that I don’t sleep. It’s true, when I’m done outlining and really prepared to jump into a project, I have been known to pull all-nighters. When I get in the zone, it’s hard to stop.

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Me with the very first printed proof copy of The Labyrinth Wall

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I do write everyday between my day job and my personal projects. But that can range from thirty minutes to hours. As far as my creative projects outside of work, they usually happen in spurts. I’ll pick a period of time (say a month) and let everyone know I’m not available. During that time I write whenever I can including after work, lunch breaks and the weekend

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My writing buddy and kitty pal, Benny

 

4. Why do you write?

I wrote everyday in high school (but it was very dark writing) so when I went to college and my outlook on life became much more optimistic, I quit writing (almost completely) for a couple years. There was a big fear that if I tried to go back to, I’d get sucked back into a dark place. But as I got close to graduating college with an Art degree, I realized there was something missing. As much as I loved the visual form, I couldn’t express and explore everything I needed to in that medium. So the summer before I graduated I tried writing again, and couldn’t stop. I wrote my first novel that summer. So to summarize the moral of the story, I write because it completes me.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

It’s always odd being asked for advice, because everyday I’m learning more and still growing. That being said, there are a couple lessons from my journey that I can share.

 

These are little notes I keep around to keep me on track:

  • ·       Write because you love it, not because you want to be loved.
  • ·       If you doubt your message, others will doubt you.
  • ·       Always enjoy your creative journey, because it is yours to shape.

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Emilyann!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

 

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Frankie Picasso

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Frankie Picasso, author of Midlife Mojo: How to get through the midlife crisis and emerge as your true self Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Frankie Picasso

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Welcome, Frankie!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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 Author Frankie Picasso and Bongo

 

I am a Gemini and as such, I like to be involved in many things, with the emphasis on Many! I have worked in many different fields, everything from a Private investigator to managing a 12 X World Kickboxing Champion. I am also the first Professional female Kickboxing Promoter in the World.

Today I am an author, a Certified Metaphysical Hypnotherapist, a Master Coach Trainer and an instructor in both modalities. I also work as an Intuitive therapist, Animal communicator and Energy healer.

I am moving away from a ‘one on one’ practice to focus on reaching a larger audience.  I will always be a Coach, I believe it is in my DNA, however I am very excited to be working on a large project that is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. I have started to build  a Humanitarian Radio Station that will help people around the world in a very tangible way. I cannot say too much more about this at the moment but I am hoping to unveil The Good Radio Network to the world by my birthday in June!

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I am an Contemporary artist and an advocate for a Socially conscious planet and every piece of art I sell, ( which is featured on http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/frankie-picasso.html) helps a child receive Cleft Palate surgery through Mercy Ships Canada. For me, this is a real WIN /WIN, a 45 minute surgery that will change the life of a child forever. Once the surgery is completed, the child is able to eat and drink without any restrictions and best of all, both the child and family are no longer ostracized by their community. They are accepted back into the fold and this is a big relief for the mothers. What many people don’t know is that a child born with cleft palate is often malnourished as it is difficult for them to get nutrients from food. They find it difficult to eat and drink- both taking it in and keeping food down. I love how this ‘fix’  is so immediate.

Both of my books have been written for the self help genre, but last year I joined the NANOWRIMO movement and started to write a fictional novel during that month. It was a great start to a good story that I do intend to finish. Once completed it will be available under the paranormal romance section of Amazon. It is titled Bearly Human!

Things I love to do..-I am a drumher-(female drummer) and I love to play Funk and Soul music. I am passionate about art and love to go to small interesting galleries. I also love the movies and reading books, hanging out with dogs at the dog park and listening to my husband sing and play his guitar to me every night. I especially love to hang out with my grown kids and their partners. Those are the best nights ever. My kids are so funny and the next day, my ribs and stomach usually hurt from laughing so hard.

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 Frankie and her beautiful children

One hidden talent I have is animal communication. I talk to animals of all kinds. It’s like being Dr. Doolittle.:)

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write in my office which is an open space upstairs in my log home.

 

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 Frankie’s log home

My husband purchased a very expensive and lovely desk for me from a beautiful furniture store in Kitchener. It is Mandarin style and I just fell in love with it. I have enclosed a photo of my workspace. You will notice a book shelf next to my desk. Every book in there represents an interview I had with the author over the years, through several of my previous radio shows. My desk faces a window so when I look up, I see the sky and treetops. Nature surrounds me here and I love it.

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  Frankie’s Workspace

2.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I need to have pretty notebooks and a jar of pens. I don’t know why but they inspire me. I need to be surrounded by books and art and I like an esthetically pleasing workspace. However  when things get a bit messy I find it helps me to get creative. I also need it to be very quiet when I write. My most productive time is around 5 am.

 

3.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

What I love most about my workspace is my HUGE computer screen, my wireless keyboard and my super comfy leather swivel chair.

 

4. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

In the morning it’s coffee for sure, but I like to alternate hot and cold. So Coffee, herbal tea, Sprite Zero and even water all make an appearance throughout the writing sessions.

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have SO many favorite authors, it’s hard to choose just one. I tend to devour them once discovered. I love Ted Dekker, Jodi Piccoult, Elizabeth Naughton and JR Ward aka Jessica Bird.

I would say that my Mother encouraged me to write. She was a great writer and poet but it was my 8th grade Literature teacher Ms. Laughton who was the real inspiration. No one ever wrote well enough in her class to inspire a grade over a C. For some reason I took this as a personal challenge and I fought her throughout that year  for a better grade. I believed I could write and she kept after me to do better. I respected her, loved her and hated her all at the same time. I used to ask her, “Who do you want me to be,  Pearl Buck or something?. The first time I received an A in her class, I felt like I had won the lottery. Actually I felt like I was a real author because her standards were so high.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I wouldn’t say that I have any writing rituals but I do prescribe to automatic writing when I feel there is a block. I need my coffee there, the lights out and the house quiet.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I don’t write a book daily but I do write every day. It might be song lyrics or articles for several online companies like Blogsvertise or Article Marketer. I like to think  this keeps my skills sharp. I also write for Ezine Articles.

I probably only write about an hour or two daily but when I am working on a project it can be 6 hours at a time. I tend to get a lot of pain in my hips if I sit to long. That is when I call it quits for the day.

One of my biggest distractions is that I live in an open concept home. So if my husband decides to watch TV or play his guitar, I don’t have a door I can shut to filter noise. I have to do that for myself. Also Bongo my Golden Retriever will come up and start to fuss when he wants to go out and play.

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 Bongo

 

4. Why do you write?

Writing is something that is just a part of me. It’s like breathing. I love how it feels to let my fingers fly across the keyboard and allow my thoughts to take form. I love books and it’s so cool to be a contributor as well as a reader. I like being able to help people or entertain them and writing helps give precision to my voice.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I think that it is very easy to get bogged down with  minutiae when beginning a writing project. My technique is to write everything down first and then go back to edit. One sentence can take up 4 hours sometimes. It’s difficult to write and finish that way.

When people ask for advice on how to write a self help book this is what I tell them.  It’s a pretty easy method for anyone and it doesn’t even  matter what order the chapters are written in as long as this method is adhered too. First, you make a blueprint for the book. Write down what the book is about and who the audience is or who you feel needs to read your book. This is important because when you begin to write, think about these folks and what it is you want them to know. Plus with their face in front of you when you write, it will inspire you to keep at it. It is also much easier to market your book to a specific group than to EVERYONE..

Next, make a list of all the information you want to make sure goes into the book. Organize that info into big headers that become temporary chapter names. Then for Each chapter, give 15 points that need to go into it. For every point, write 3 sentences and voila, you have a book!

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Frankie!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Viva Barkowski

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Viva Barkowski, author of A TWIST OF HATE, slated for release in 2015.

Welcome, Viva!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

 

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Author Viva Bartowski

 

Although a native Californian, I currently live in New England where I work full-time as a writer/editor. I have several published short stories, and my novel, A TWIST OF HATE, will be released in June 2015 by Gale Cengage/Five Star.

I write psychological thrillers. Unlike “big” thrillers, a psychological thriller delivers the excitement via the emotional states and psyches of the characters rather than action.

Oh, and if I have a hidden talent, it’s so hidden even I don’t know about it.

 

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I always write at my desk, although as I mentioned, I edit on the move. Give me a clipboard and a red pen, and I’m good to go.

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What you can’t see in photo 1 is that my office space is in my kitchen. So here’s another:

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2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

The desk was a gift. At the time, I was disappointed because it was so very small, but now that I live in 530 sq/ft, I appreciate the size. My workspace is relatively Spartan. I don’t have enough room for clutter, so arranging the space wasn’t an option. Things fit where they fit.

Writing is editing, and I usually edit on hardcopy with a red pen rather than at the computer. Sometimes I edit first thing in the morning while I’m still in bed—I call this BEDiting.  Other times I settle on the chaise in my miniscule living room where I can see out to the garden. Because I live right off the harbor, my favorite place to edit is sitting at the water’s edge—weather permitting. Following are a couple photos of my favorite editing spots:

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3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

A notepad, a copyholder, and near my desk, an Ikea Samtid lamp. I owned five Samtids before I moved but was only able to bring two with me. I also keep three crystals tucked under my monitor. One was a gift from my best friend. The other two were given to me by Salem witches. Since my current WIP is about a Salem witch, I keep them nearby for luck

The chest of drawers I use as a storage cabinet. It sits to the right of my desk and holds both my printers. It’s a cheapie my parents bought secondhand a zillion years ago for my older brothers’ bedroom. I don’t remember what color it was at the time. When my brothers moved out, I inherited their room and furniture. I painted the chest pink and white and stuck purple flower decals all over it. In my teens, I painted it a more subtle cream and brown and changed out the painted wooden knobs for white and gold. Fast-forward ten years to my first house. I stripped the paint, stained the chest bleached pearl, added new knobs, and stuck it in my Southwest-inspired guestroom. The chest journeyed with me unchanged to several states and multiple houses—until I moved to Atlanta and decided to use it for office supplies. I painted the chest black and replaced the knobs with brushed stainless drawer pulls. I’m not a hoarder, so this chest is one of very few items I have left from childhood. It holds many memories along with a truckload of office supplies.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Since my desk is in the kitchen, I can wheel my chair to the refrigerator and retrieve a beverage without ever having to stand. I mean, seriously, how cool is that?

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Water. Either filtered plain water or Sparkling Ice spring water. I don’t drink coffee, and while I do drink alcohol, I don’t drink while I’m writing. I’ve tried Hemingway’s “write drunk, edit sober.” Doesn’t work for me, although there are days I wish it did.

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With my pup, d’Artagnan—better known as d’Arty

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I read widely and admire many authors, it’s impossible to name just one. As far as inspiration, I think Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine (excluding her Wexford novels) were most instrumental in nudging me toward psychological thrillers. I may be atypical in that most of my favorite writers don’t write my genre.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

No rituals, but I prefer editing during the day and writing at night—usually between 9 pm and 4 am. I got in the habit of writing during the wee hours back when seemingly everyone in my coastal California subdivision decided to replace their siding the same year. The pounding nearly drove me crazy. I discovered that I loved writing in the absolute quiet with everyone around me asleep. I often get up early and edit, then take a nap in the afternoon so I can stay awake at night and write.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I write OR edit everyday, and while I try to put in a minimum of three hours, it’s usually eight to ten with three hours of output. *laughing* Email and Facebook are my biggest distractions.

 

4. Why do you write?

I’ve always written. And while I am free to choose whether to seek publication or to write for myself, I can’t choose NOT to write. Writing is part of who I am.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Decide what you want from writing. If your primary goal is to be published, I don’t care what anyone tells you, it’s not all about the writing. Don’t let others make you feel guilty about writing for the market. That said, if you do choose this path, be savvy and do your research first. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be published, be proud of your goal.

 If, on the other hand, you’re like me, and you write because you want to express feelings, emotion, and themes through story, and publication is important, but not at the expense of telling yourstory, then write what you feel. Write what only you can write. Writing is your art. Don’t forfeit your one chance to tell the story that only you can tell.

 

My favorite quote would is considered blasphemy by most writers, and I have no idea who actually said it, but here it is: “Write like no one is reading.”

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Viva!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Nancy Ellen Dodd

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Nancy Ellen Dodd, author of THE WRITER’S COMPASS.

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Welcome, Nancy!

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Author Nancy Ellen Dodd

My day job is academic editor of a peer-reviewed online journal at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. As one professor told her students, I’m the one who edits the faculty. I also teach advanced screenwriting at Pepperdine in the Spring.

I’ve been trained in most forms of writing–novels, screenplays, plays, short stories, etc.–except poetry, but I dabble with writing poems anyway. My favorite form and genre is whatever I’m writing in at the time I’m asked. I’m currently finishing the final edits on a YA/Crossover novel that I started as a short story 22 years ago.

Other than writing, I love reading or listening to audiobooks, watching movies or good TV, camping near the ocean or up in Yosemite near a stream. I also enjoy various forms of sewing, knitting, crocheting. A few years ago I had breast cancer and knitted something like 5 sweaters while I was recovering. Something I especially enjoy, but rarely do, is making wedding veils.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I used to write in my bed, after all in bed is where dreams happen. I have a very large bed and I could spread materials out. I don’t write in bed as often now because I have a better space.

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My desk is a large dining room table that was my mother’s. For years it was taken apart and sitting in the garage. I dreamed of one day having a place to set it up and use it as my writing space. When we moved, I discovered I had enough room to set it up in my bedroom. I took it from storage and set it up by myself, which was quite a feat. It has 3 additional leaves I don’t have room to add. The table is under a large window that looks out to our community condo courtyard and then beyond to the homes and trees on the hills of our neighborhood.

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Nancy’s Workspace

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I’m embarrassed to stay stacks and stacks of clutter and papers and receipts, which need to be filed or trashed are hidden behind a very large monitor, plus a printer and miscellaneous other items.

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Clara nutcracker

I have several bookcases in my room. I also love nutcrackers and I have a Clara nutcracker under a picture that says “Dream” and I have a 5-foot nutcracker in my room that she is dreaming about.

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5-Foot Tall Nutcracker

I have a whole collection of nutcrackers I put out at Christmas with some inexpensive trains my granddaughter and I love to run. I also have a collection of fairy tale books and other books I find inspiring, lots of music on CDs and cassettes and of course a huge selection of my devotional books. Also important to me are my “story boxes,” which are colorful boxes I keep all the materials relating to a specific story inside.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Most of my favorite objects are on the bookshelves behind me or scattered through the room.

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In my workspace I have a blue enamel tin cup, like one you might use while camping, that a former writer’s group member bought me that he identified with in a story I wrote as a TV pilot. I also have other items from various productions or that friends have given me related to my writing.

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5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

My favorite drink is freshly brewed hot tea, especially lapsang souchong, but a good cup of Earl Gray or Lady Earl Gray or…

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

There are so many authors I like in many different genres. I really enjoy Lee Child, J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Dashiell Hammett, Clive Cussler, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, and many others.

I don’t know who inspired me to write. I’ve always told stories to myself and at one point I started writing them down.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

For a long time I have had a devotional with a prayer time and Bible or inspirational reading time before I write. Then I try to write for a couple of hours before I get up and go to work. I learned some time ago that it was easy to allow other things to interrupt my creative time and if they did, then my writing time for the day would be gone.

I recently realized I had a new ritual, which has to do with digitizing my audiobooks from cassettes so I can listen to them again. I set up the audio editor and push the play buttons and then save the file and turn the cassette over and repeat. I didn’t realize this was a ritual until one day when I started to write I automatically turned around to setup the tape player first. It was like I had to do that to start.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write everyday. When I’m at the end of the project I might write several hours a day. My daughter and 7-year-old granddaughter live with me and when I am at a part where I need several uninterrupted hours, they will take a trip somewhere so I can have privacy.

My biggest distractions currently are checking email, or rankings, looking at the newest deal on audible.com, and of course my kids calling me or my granddaughter coming in to ask me a question.

Another distraction is that I develop and teach online courses and I give a number of workshops to writer’s groups and at conferences, so sometimes my writing time is the only time I have to prepare or give notes to my students.

 

4. Why do you write?

I try at least once a year to give up writing, but I always go back to it. Although I’ve written off and on for decades, in May 1998 I started praying that God would help me to take the steps to lead me to fulfill my purpose in life. Two weeks later I was given a ticket to go to a writer’s conference in Mendocino that I otherwise would not have been able to afford. At that conference I went to two workshops given by a screenwriter who taught at USC. I told him I wanted to learn from him. He told me I would need to be at USC in the master’s of Professional Writing Program and to let him know if I wanted to go. At the time, I didn’t even have my bachelor’s degree. Through a series of events, a few months later I found myself finishing my bachelor’s at Cal-State, Bakersfield, during the same semester I was starting my master’s degree at USC in Los Angeles. While at USC I also earned an MFA in playwriting. Since then I’ve come to believe that in part, God’s plan for me is to teach and to write, both of which I love doing.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I tell my students that the most important thing to know about writing is to never let anyone talk you into cutting what your gut tells you to keep–until you know why you wrote it. Sometimes it is the most important part of your story and without it you don’t want to keep writing that story. You have to dig deeper and become naked on the page until you figure out why you wrote that bit or scene and how to show it. Sometimes it leads to some of the best writing in your story.

For example, the YA I’m finishing I thought I’d completed 6 months ago. When I gave it to other writers to read, I got very different opinions. One of them suggested major cuts. After I got up from my pity party, I went back to the method I teach in my book, The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages, to create a new story map to look at my story again. What I learned was that I started the story in the wrong place and from the wrong POV. I cut 220 pages and then cherry-picked the parts I wanted to keep. I totally reorganized the content and retold it in multiple POVs. One of the people who wanted me to cut so much just told me how much better it was and that she was glad I’d cut certain things, it made her like the main character so much more. She was very surprised to learn I hadn’t cut those sections at all, I told the same story in a different order and multiple POVs, which had totally changed her perception of the story.

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Nancy!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Allison

 

 

through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Allison, author of that fun blog Geek Banter.

Welcome, Allison!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Allison

I’m a Canadian, a Christian, and a huge geek. I love all things sci-fi and fantasy, video games, board games, movies, TV shows, and books. I’m a graphic designer by day and a writer by night (which is a little unfortunate for my writing because my brain’s creativity peaks in the morning and early afternoon).

I love writing sci-fi and fantasy. For work, I’ve also written news stories and done copywriting. Other hobbies of mine include painting, snowboarding, and the occasional putting on face paint and airsoft gear to run around the forest playing capture the flag (actually I’ve only done that a couple times, but it’s pretty fun).

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I either do it at my computer desk on my desktop or in my living room on my laptop. If I’m story writing, I do it on Scrivener, because that program is awesome.

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

No unique history for my desk… I picked it up at Canadian Tire! I needed something small to fit into the tiny bedroom I had at the time, and it was just right. Now I have a separate room for an office in my house, and it’s nice to have that space.

 

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Allison’s Workspace

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work? What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I usually always have a notebook and pen in front of me to scribble ideas down in (or to look at my previous scribbles), and a cup with pens and highlighters nearby. I also have an awesome Portal picture hanging on the wall that I got at a con framed and signed by the artist. And sometimes Commander Shepherd sits on my desk and makes sure I get my work done.

 

4. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I often just forget to drink water and get dehydrated, so I try to keep water around. And I enjoy the occasional cup of tea.

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Aaaghh just one? I’ve gotta list a few: J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Diana Wynne Jones, Veronica Roth, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card. They’ve all been inspirations.

None of my family or close friends are passionate about writing so I feel like I’ve had to forge ahead on my own most of the time, but I’ve really appreciated my dad especially just for encouraging me. He’s always been excited that I love to write and enjoys brainstorming ideas and plots with me.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Step 1: Procrastinate.

Step 2: Force myself to sit down at my computer.

Step 3: Feel intimidated and like I won’t be able to come up with anything good, even though I always manage to get words down on the page once I start and I KNOW this.

Step 4: Get words down on the page.

Step 5: Keep writing, whether I think it is good or garbage.

Step 6: Let myself feel accomplished, whether I’ve written 100 or 1000 words during my writing session; every word counts and is part of the process.

Step 7: Repeat from Step 1 for next writing session.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write every day, though lately the writing has not been on my novel in progress and has been for my second job, which is copywriting for a geeky website. I am also currently working on a graphic novel with a friend who’s an artist, which I’m pretty excited about!

 

4. Why do you write?

I’ve always liked writing and stories, ever since I can remember. There’s just something about creating worlds and characters that is so much fun!

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

“When in doubt, blow something up.” I do not recommend applying this advice to your life, just to writing icon wink Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Allison

Thanks for having me, Nutschell!

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Allison!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Trisha F.

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Trisha F, author of that fun blog Word + Stuff.

Welcome, Trisha!

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Trisha F.

I’m a 33 year old librarian living in Western Australia (on the coast, yay!).

I have written novels (or parts of novels) in various genres so far: contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi, sci-fantasy, and fantasy. Some are a bit hard to classify … which is why I have difficulty writing queries/blurbs.

Other hobbies and interests include writing music, and playing it (guitar/singing). I also love reading (duh!), and drawing/painting/etc. As for hidden talents, I don’t think there are any that I’ve kept hidden knowingly. At least not from the blogging world …

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write at my “terminal” which is a stand-up terminal. I write on my laptop using Scrivener.

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2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I don’t have a desk, but that’s okay – I have read in a few places that standing up instead of sitting at a computer is a lot better for your health. I do sort of miss having a bigger work area, but space is of the essence in my 1-bedroom villa. icon smile Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Trisha F.

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I don’t really need anything around me when I work, except water! Must have water! I usually save the snacking for when I’m watching DVDs.

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4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

What I love most about my workspace is that my laptop is here – I really love my little laptop

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I can’t really say I have a fave author. I grew up probably loving Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks the most (epic fantasy was a staple in my reading diet – along with Dean Koontz’s horror. Epic fantasy was also the genre I wrote in for my first lengthy work). But nowadays my reading diet is highly varied, and I have many faves.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Since I work full time as a librarian, I don’t usually get to write during the day, except on weekends. But generally I don’t have any rituals or quirks, or at least I don’t think I do. A lot of the time I am weirder when NOT writing – like I’m talking out loud as if I’m one of my characters, figuring out ideas for dialogue. But when I start writing, I am basically a typing machine who spews out words at a rate of knots.

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3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I do TRY to work on my writing every day, but lately I have failed pretty epically in this regard. I don’t really have any good excuses, except that right now I am fostering a bunch of kittens, and taking care of them seems to drain me. Plus, two nights a week I do a fitness class after work so I get home pretty late. The biggest hurdle I face right now is trying to edit a novel that needs an immense amount of work. It’s hard to keep myself motivated.

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4. Why do you write?

I write because I love it. It’s sort of a compulsion. I feel that I’m a very inspired person, and ideas are constantly striking me and demanding to be written. I love getting into the heads of my characters and putting them through horrible traumas, so they can emerge triumphant at the end (assuming they’re still alive!). Gee, I’m nice aren’t I?

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

My go-to writing tip is to just write. Sounds obvious, I know, but it is the thing that works best for me. My problem is never trying to find something to write, but rather I am struggling at the editing end of matters. So in terms of writing, JUST WRITE!! Don’t worry about whether it’s crap or not – just write it, and worry about the level of crapness later.

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Trisha!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jemi Fraser

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Jemi Fraser, author of that fun blog Just Jemi.

Welcome, Jemi!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

I’m a teacher up in Northern Ontario. I love my job!! Nothing much better than working with kids all day. I’m currently writing contemporary romance although I do like to dabble in a variety of genres. I also love to read, bake, cook, watch sports and play with my family. Hidden talent? Hm. Does never following a recipe count???

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I don’t actually have a desk – our house is a little too crowded at the moment! One of these days I will. Currently I do most of my writing in my favourite chair in the living room.

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Jemi’s favorite chair

In the summer, I like to write in this chair on the deck!

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Jemi’s deck chair

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

Nowhere yet! But when I do have the space, I hope to get an old roll top desk – love those with all their nooks and crannies! But I’d also like a big modern desk with lots of table top space to spread out all my stuff. So as long as I’m dreaming, I’ll take both!

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I’m pretty flexible. As long as I have my laptop I’m good to go. I do have my notebook with me most of the time too, but that’s it!

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Despite having no desk, I have a few items waiting to decorate it (or at least hang out somewhere in my future office). I have some great book ends given to me as gifts and my daughter has framed the first paragraphs of my favourite books for the walls. Can’t wait! I also have an R2D2 USB hanging out with the backups of all my files.

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Favorite book ends

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5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Chai tea! Always have a cup with me.

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Impossible to answer! There are so many. My childhood favourites introduced me to so many new worlds and ideas and styles. Everything from Nancy Drew & the Boys to Little Women & The Hobbit. The most influential was probably Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gable series. Anne is such a wonderful character!

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First lines from Jemi’s favorite books

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

During the school year, I tend to write after 9 at night once family life has settled down. In the summer, I love to head out to the deck in the morning and write for the morning. Life’s too busy & fluid to have rituals – as long as I have my laptop, I’m good!

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I tend to work 60 hours or more a week. Squeezing in writing during those times can be tough, but it doesn’t take long to get back in the swing of things.

As for distractions, I’m a bit of a sports nut and I often have sports on TV on in the background. Wimbledon can be very distracting!

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First lines from Jemi’s favorite books

 

 

4. Why do you write?

It’s so much fun! When I was little I used to make up Star Trek episodes in my head when I was supposed to be sleeping. I’d block out scenes, rehearse dialogue, create settings… Never thought of writing any of the stories down though. A couple of decades later I wrote a (way-overly-dramatic) Star Trek novel for fun – don’t even know if I have a copy of it now. Then I wrote a few more novels, some short stories and lots of poetry (mostly for kids). I didn’t hang on to any of it – the fun was all in the writing. It took me several more years (okay a decade) to realize I should actually try to write for publication. Still working on that!

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Wisdom? Generally not an abundance of that going around, but… I think we all need to find our own joys, our own paths, our own styles. Take risks and don’t be afraid to chuck it all and start over. Listen to your gut. Good enough really isn’t. And most of all – have fun!

Thanks so much for having me!!:)

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life,  Jemi!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jay Noel

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Jay Noel, author of Dragonfly Warrior (The Mechanica Wars) (Volume 1) Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jay Noel and blogger at jaynoel.com.

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Welcome, Jay!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Jay Noel

I have a degree in English, Secondary Education, and I was a high school English teacher for five years before I left for the private sector. I now work in medical sales where I spend lots of time in the car, so it a great opportunity to think-up fantastical tales to write about.

I played tennis in high school and college, and I still enjoy playing. At the moment, I’m working with my 13 yr old to get him ready to play high school. I don’t have a lot of free time for other extracurricular activities, but I also love blogging. I’ve been a blogger since 2005.

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On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do my writing these days anywhere I can. My favorite workspace is the table in our closed in sunroom. I have a waterfall and pond right next to me, and when you open the window, I love the sound of water.

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My desk is actually an antique table from my father-in-law. He loved to find discarded antiques and refurbish them. After he passed away, we found pieces of this table, and after SEVERAL years, I finally put it together. It’s over 100 years old. In fact, I believe the wood is from Noah’s Ark.

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3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Just me and my laptop.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My sunroom is great. I love how I’m still inside, yet so close to being outside. I often stare out the window to get my imagination going. During the winter, I turn on the gas fireplace in the corner. Gets pretty cozy in there.

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5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I drink water out of my Doctor Who thermal cup.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have a ton of favorite authors, but if I had to pin it down to one, I’d pick YA author Robert Cormier. He was a true pioneer in YA back when YA didn’t even exist.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

My work schedule is crazy since I travel, so I really don’t have a writing schedule. I just try to write when I can, which is usually at night when all is quiet.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I either write or edit every day. I have to. It’s like breathing. Now, it might only be 15 minutes, as my schedule allows, but I do all I can to do something every single day.

 

4. Why do you write?

That’s a good question. I write because I’m a storyteller. I love making up stories and sharing them with people. Not sure if that makes me a pathological liar, but at least I’m entertaining!

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I’ll go with Robert Cormier, since he’s my favorite and I got to speak with him on the phone just before he passed away. He said: “I simply write with an intelligent reader in mind. I don’t care about how old they are.”

I’ve adopted that philosophy as well.

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Jay!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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