Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I had a special Valentine post for you all that I started writing up yesterday... and it's still only half written.  It's been awhile since I've posted a picture, so I pulled out an anciently old picture that goes with the theme of Valentine's Day.  I hope you like it. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Link

The amazing Tia Nevitts has decided to add reader interviews to her blog and I got to be the first one interviewed!  (Cue happy but self conscious blushing).  If you want to check it out, here is a link.  And seriously, if you haven't checked out Tia's blog already, you really should do that anyway.  She has been encouraging writers and would-be-writers for.... lost count of how many years.  Let's just say for as long as she's been blogging.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Writing Out

Writing in a cafe sounds so romantic.  You picture artsy people in berets surrounded by coffee scents as they pen deeply atmospheric tales.  I wonder if it's like that for some people?  I'm used to working alone, so going off into a crowd to write was definitely a new experience. 

I didn't actually go to a cafe.  I went to my local Chic Fillet.  First thing I learned; the food is a major distraction.  I thought I'd eat a waffle fry, type a few words, take another thoughtful bite... nope.  I inhaled my food in just a couple seconds.  Which meant I had no excuse to not type.  I had an hour and a half to kill between one errand and another, and I had been smart enough not to bring my Nook.  It's amazing how the threat of dying from boredom can motivate a person to write.  

On the down side, I have not yet learned how to really get into my story when someone is conducting an interview at a nearby table and people are randomly walking in and out, so I mostly did edit work.  Chances are, as I write out more often I'll get better at tuning out my surroundings.

I've read about people who write entire novels in coffee shops and restaurants.  In fact there are some who draw inspiration from being surrounded by people. 

 If anyone knows their secret, clue me in!