Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA meet and greet

Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence on Thursday and Friday! Had to go here for some meetings and just to go soak up my surroundings.

Didn't say anything because I was planning to schedule ahead. But we all know where good intentions end up more often than not. Luckily I had kept the 31st guest free, so I didn't even feel bad.

Speaking of which, I just barely missed my deadline. Will hopefully be done by this weekend.

Okay... done with admin for now.

Deana Barnhart

Today's the day for the GUTGAA meet and greet, so I get to answer some fun questions.

Where do you write?

Right now, I write in bed. Have the perfect space for my writing desk, but the desk itself is proving illusive. Soon though... soon. 

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?

Me. I'm looking at my built in cupboards. All the doors have full-length mirrors.

Favorite time to write?

Early to very early morning. If I'm the only one awake, no one can distract me.

Drink of choice while writing?

None, actually... many a messes has been born because of me forgetting my drink and spilling it on my bed.

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?

I definitely listen to music. My main WiP has playlists for my main characters, as well as each the plots for each story in the series.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?

He sort of found me. I was reading Chronicles of Narnia and in walked my one main character, insisting I pay attention to him instead. Of course, quite a few of my crit partners will agree Darrion is well worth paying attention to... so Narnia took a bit longer to finish, and Doorways was born.

What's your most valuable writing tip?

I have more than one, but because I gave the other quite enough air, here's another:

Want to learn how to write? Write. Want more time to write? Write. Other people achieving publishing success and you're not even done? Write. Know rules so you can bend them. Write whenever you can, even if it's for only five minutes. And for heavens sake stop comparing yourself and your writing speed to others. George R.R. Martin takes FOREVER to write a new book, and he's definitely not a failure.

So that's me. Thanks and welcome to all the new faces stopping by! Can't wait to meet you.

Where did you get your inspiration for your WiP?

58 comments:

  1. Haha, yes many drinks have been spilled over my bed while writing too! I have learned to be much more careful!

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    1. Hahahaha and I learnt to stay away from fluids. :-D

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  2. I think it's interesting how often someone else's words can inspire our own. Have fun with GUTGAA!

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    1. So true. Even more interesting to me is how the finished product is never the same to the source of my inspiration. :-D

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  3. Ugh, Alex stole my comment. But I still agree with it!

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  4. Excellent questions! I also like the fact that you write in bed. Is it because you're like me and are too lazy to sit or perhaps it's the first place you land when you get home?

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    1. Both, actually. ^_^

      I used to even study in bed because my dorm's desk was tiny and crowded, so it became a habit. Also, I have no other space in my room where I can write.

      Planning to buy an antique writing desk. Hoping that the beauty (and/or the price I'm going to pay to get it) will inspire me to write on it instead.

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  5. I also like to write in bed at night. Somehow it feels more productive to me than writing at a desk.

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    1. I know what you mean, but I actually bought my new desk a day after I posted this, so I hope I can use it for more than packing space. :-P

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  6. I love the idea of having playlists for characters/scenes in a story!

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  7. I wish I could write that early in the morning like that--it's nice to be distraction-free, but though I'm a morning person, I never feel creative then.

    I love your writing tip.

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    1. I never used to be creative in the early hours, but once I moved back in with my family, my muse knew it was adapt or die.

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  8. Very cool getting t know you a little better
    Xx

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    1. I also enjoy getting to know bloggers. It's part of why blogfests are so much fun. :-)

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  9. Hey Misha, hope you're having a good Labor Day...I agree with your tip about writing and writing and writing some more...

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    1. Thanks!

      Writing is the best way to beat quite a few obstacles. :-)

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  10. I used to love writing in bed, but now my laptop battery seems to last about 10 minutes so I need to stay where there's power.

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  11. Darrison is a great MC name. Very unique.

    I'm your newest follower! *waves* Very nice to meet you!

    AA
    http://anallegedauthor.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks AA! And thanks for the follow. :-)

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  12. Oh man. I couldn't write early in the morning. My characters aren't awake yet ;)

    So nice to meet you! :)

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    1. Hahahaha mine also used to sleep late, but then realized they'd miss getting written if I went on without them.

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  13. Don't you love it when characters walk in and say, "Hi there, you'll be writing about me. Now. Get going!" ;)

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    1. Hahaha I adore it when that happens. :-D

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  14. I need to get a bed that I'd want to write in. Love that your MC just walked up and introduced himself. Now that's awesome inspiration :)

    .........dhole

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    1. Hahaha any comfy bed is good.

      And yes, Darrion made for wonderful inspiration. ^_^

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  15. Nice to meet you! I love the chronicling the book idea. Fingers crossed it works out for you.

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    1. Thanks Ellie! I'm also sitting with my fingers crossed. :-D

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  16. In my office, in the basement. Less noise, less distraction.

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  17. I can relate to your experience of a character walking in while you're reading another book! I've had that happen. I've been holding off on my WIP to deal with my current MS, but the other night I was trying to read and my new characters kept strolling in. I put down the book and daydreamed for a bit. I think I'm still not ready to write it.

    Good luck with GUTGAA! Here's my GUTGAA Meet and Greet post: A Girl and her Diary

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    1. Yeah I waited for months after Darrion walked in to figure out who was who and who (dis)liked who and how their world works.

      But once I got going, things really went well. It's the first book I ever finished.

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  18. Darrion is definitely distracting ... in a good way.

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  19. I like your writerly advice. I can't even imagine how much is going on in a writing brain like George RR Martin's. Good luck with GUTGAA!

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    1. Hahahaha lots, if my brain's an indication. :-D

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  20. Love the tip, no matter how long it takes, I know for me it was 4 years between the first and the second, even though the second and third was in rough draft the same year book one was ready for publication. Crazy, but it's only right when it's right! At least for me. :)

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    1. I agree with you. I took almost six years to finish Doorways all the way through edits.

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  21. Bless GRRM, and keep him healthy. Love your writing tip. Good luck with GUTGAA. Please, stop by and say hello if you haven't already. http://anjeasandro.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know, right? Half the population of fantasy readers would die if he did without finishing the series. :-D

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  22. Another early morning writer! Great. Now I won't feel so lonely in those wee hours huddled over my keyboard. :-)

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    1. Hahaha I know what you mean. I'm surprised at how many people prefer to write before the sun is up. :-)

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  23. Nice to meet you and great answers. I laughed at the spilling your drink on your bed. I have a small shelf on the wall by my bed where I put a glass of water before I go to sleep. Because I can't sleep the same way every night, I switch my pillow to the foot of my bed every few nights and almost always end up kicking my cup on top of myself while I'm sleeping. Rude awakening? Yes. LOVE your writing tip. Check out my blog if you have the time: jadziabrandli.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahahaha wow that's a terrible to wake up every few nights. :-D

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  24. Wow, your "Want to learn how to write?" paragraph is awesome and very true. Write, write, WRITE! Definitely not good to compare ourselves to other writers. We all seem to be on slightly different paths and speeds of travel. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad to see how my tip resonated with people. :-)

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  25. Hmmm my WIP came out of my previous book. I wanted to explore what happened to a peripheral character (David) and the whole thing blossomed from there.

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  26. *Waves* Nice to meet you!! And I am totally jealous you get to write in bed. Trust me, there are mornings I have thought about it. Especially when my cats are being extra snugly in the morning.

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    1. Hahahaha yes... writing with snugly cats in bed is as awesome as you imagine. :-D

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  27. Fun getting to know you. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I totally related to your current "desk" situation. My novel began on the guest room bed, after the kids went to bed (my muse is nocturnal.) Loved "Know rules so you can bend them," and laughed over your insistent Darrion. Our characters are just. Like. That. Lol. Cheers.

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    1. Hahahaha yes, it's one of the best things about writing. Our characters coming alive. :-D

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