Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Nicole Singer

 

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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 Nicole Singer, author of that fun blog Write Me a World.

Welcome, Nicole!

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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?

Nicole Singer

Nicole Singer

 In my younger days, I snuck out of bed far too often to read by the glow of my nightlight.
Not much has changed in 20 years, except I’ve learned to keep the light on and my late nights now consist of reading AND writing.

An absurd portion of my little Midwestern duplex has been taken over by books.

I’m lucky enough to write in my day job, too! As a public relations counselor, I get to craft stories, messages and copy for a variety of audiences and styles—I even wrote a comic strip for a hospital once.

When I’m not glued in front of a computer or writing notebook, I’m probably out on the lake with a nice cold drink in my hands or exploring the northwoods.

What I Write
My first love is fantasy! Anne McCaffrey opened my eyes to dragons in grade school, and I’ve been spinning my own worlds ever since. I’m currently working on two epic fantasies, as well as outlines for a middle grade fantasy series and a space-opera.

I’ve also written several short stories, and you can find my story “Running in the Dark” in last spring’s issue of the Soundings Review.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

Haha – um, my floor. I don’t know, I’ve just never been a desk person. I like to sprawl and type (I used to handwrite), and I’ve been known to dictate scenes while I’m in the car, too.

 

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

 I like to be close to my bookshelves. I can pull out a book if I want to see how a certain author handled a similar scene, and sometimes it helps to even just glance in that direction when I need a little nudge of inspiration. Plus, I have these lovely reminders hanging on my wall over the shelves.

 nicole bookshelfNicole’s Bookshelves

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

I love that when I’m there it means I’m WRITING!! Oh, there is also this pile of WIPs, notes and miscellaneous names, ideas and maps. It’s pretty much within arm’s reach in front of me if I’m writing on the floor. And there is my piano bench of ideas, with more sketches, cool references, the start of languages for a few of my WIPs, and my trusty thesaurus. I’m also very addicted to my mini tape recorder, which stays by my bed in case the muse knocks in the middle of the night.

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

Oh, this is a fun one, and the answer is…it depends. Partly on the weather and partly on what I’m writing. I like chai tea with cinnamon in the winter, but I’ve done a variety. Once I happened to be drinking a maple rootbeer and it became the basis for a drink in my novel.

On Writing

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

Robert Jordan and Anne McCaffrey.

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

Sadly, my biggest ritual is simply trying to squeeze in the time to write each day. I’m doing grad school in the evenings, so I often don’t get started until late, but I do try to fit it in whenever possible. I also love music when I write.

 

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

 I definitely try! I’m lucky if I get in a full hour, but my goal is always between 1 and 2 hours a night. I actually don’t have that many distractions, though, so that’s a good thing.

 

4. Why do you write?

I love it. It’s like breathing. One of my favorite quotes is: “Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” That’s what writing is like for me. It’s the constant.

 

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

Ooh, I’m ahead of the game. I sort of just did that in my last answer. I would just encourage everyone to keep going, learn by being an avid reader, and don’t lose sight of why you wanted to write in the first place.

 

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Thanks, Nicole, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

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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21 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Nicole Singer”

  1. A maple rootbeer sounds good!
    Nicole, you have my permission to come organize my bookshelves.

  2. Nick Wilford says:

    Nice to find out more about Nicole! I like lying on the floor to read but never tried writing that way. Hmm… And I’d love to have a day job doing writing too!

  3. Southpaw says:

    Maple rootbeer?What a fascinating flavor combination.

    Nice to meet you Nicole.

  4. Nicole says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me, Nutschell!

    Alex – It is delicious, and I’d be happy to organize your shelves if I could borrow a few books in return!

    Nick – Since I write for work too, I’ve found my brain stays in “official” mode if I try writing at a desk. 😉 It’s way more fun to sprawl on a floor!

  5. tcavey says:

    I squeeze in writing too. Nice to know I’m not alone. Gives me hope.

  6. A mini tape recorder is a great idea, but I can only imagine how garbled I’d sound in the middle of the night. ; )

  7. Sia McKye says:

    Your bookshelves are much neater than mine, lol! I do have actual book shelves but they’re crammed and I have a nice pile of books by my bed. My husband would love to see them anywhere but there.

    Love Anne McCaffrey. I’ve reread her series numerous time and I love her crystal singer series too!

  8. LGSmith says:

    Wow, your bookshelves are so neat and organized. I think you may have inspired me to go clean mine up. They’re double “booked” right now and overflowing. What a mess. And I don’t know how you do grad school and find time to write. You go!

  9. mooderino says:

    Ah, a floor writer. I used to be one of those back when my knees could handle it.

  10. tara tyler says:

    yay for fantasy, nicole!
    anne mcaffrey and robert jordan are faves of mine too!
    i love sci fi and fantasy =)

    keep writing is the best advice!

  11. Nicole says:

    Southpaw – The maple rootbeer is so good!

    Tcavey – Don’t worry. You’re definitely not alone.

    Cynthia – Haha, yes. There have been several times where I laugh at myself the next morning. :)

    Sia – Well, it helped when I got the second one. Otherwise, everything was crammed into the one on the right. I’ve gotta go re-read McCaffrey’s Crystal Singer series. I remember liking them.

    LG – That’s what mine was like before I got the new shelf. Now, I’m only double-booked vertically, not one in front of the other. :)

  12. Jamie says:

    ….. here I am!

    I like your writing space, though I’m jealous (I have no writing space :( ) I need to pull my finger out and make time to write every day.

    Jamie

  13. I want those bookshelves and a mini recorder because my muse usually knocks when I don’t’ have any paper around. I find I write better with music, too. Never heard of maple rootbeer but is sounds yummy!

  14. Julie says:

    It was nice getting to know Nicole. Dictating stories is a great idea for when you’re on the go.

  15. Thanks for the peek into your life, Nicole! That was very cool. And your bookshelves are lovely and neat. I have way too many books for the shelves I have and books are piled on books that are piled on books!

  16. Nicole says:

    Jamie – It can be tricky to find that time every day, but a writing space helps! Thanks for stopping by. :)

    Jennifer – I know, right? Crazy muse! The rootbeer is very yummy.

    Julie – Thanks! You too.

    Christine – You’re welcome. Glad you like ’em. And piles of books is still pretty great! :)

  17. Awh…your favorite authors are both dead :( I loved reading about you.

  18. Nice to meet you, Nicole. I really admire your favorite quote. :)

  19. Oh yes! I love Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books as well.

  20. Misha says:

    Love your quote, Nicole.

    And I can’t write without music.

  21. Nicole says:

    Michael – Ha, I know! It’s kinda sad, but they were both such key players in the genre.

    Mel – Great to meet you too! I do love that quote.

    Lynda – Yay! Another Pern fan. :)

    Misha – Thanks!

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