Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How/What Do You Write?

This is a two-part question. I have seen blog posts on where writers write and how they edit but how you write is also fascinating. Do you write throughout the day? Do you wait until a specific time? Early Morning or Late at Night? Do you force yourself to write even when your stuck or do you wait for inspiration to strike? Do you take breaks from writing or do you write every day?

I write at night. My mind seems clearer then, but I do take notes and jot ideas down throughout the day. I write almost every day but sometimes I have other responsibilities and I run out of time so I must skip. There are times when I only get a page done, other times 40-50 before I realize it. I try to write even when I am not inspired (that's the one page days) because I want to remain focused.

What genre do you write in? Do you write in more than one?

The majority of what I write is fantasy/paranormal but I have written Middle Grade without any supernatural element at all. I read in many different genres so it makes sense to me to want to write in different ones as well.

I look forward to seeing your answers in the comment section!


  1. I write Paranormal/Fantasy romances. I write all different times of the day depending on when I have a chance, what's going on in the house and what I need to do (like if I have to do editing, what-happens-next in another project will take a backseat). A good chunk of real writing for me actually gets done in the morning. I don't know why, I guess it's because it's the time of day that I have the most time to spend doing it. Sometimes it depends on when inspiration hits me.

    I read several different genres and ratings...stuff from things for adults, to YA, to even younger ("Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" books anyone?) I don't usually do horror or thrillers because I'll never sleep again if I do, but I do read some mysteries and a little Sci-Fi/Fantasy sprinkled in for flavor.

    I like some Historicals, too...Ann Rinaldi's books are good. Fun thing is, she often adds notes at the ends of her books, so you get a glimspe of some of the research she does. Those are YA novels. Years ago I read a biography with my Dad on Patrick Henry.

  2. I like to write in the morning--after several cups of coffee. That's when I'm most awake. :)

    I write sweet romances, but I read many different genres. Thinking about branching out to YA some day.

  3. I wish I could say I write everyday on my WIP. But I don't. I go in spurts. I write 20 pages on a weekend here or there. Some nights I'll write just a page or two. It just depends on my schedule really.

  4. Hello, popping over from JJ's blog. I'll be interested to see the answers to this.

    I am a college instructor, and my schedule changes constantly with respect to the time and number of classes I am responsible for. My husband's job also varies constantly, so I have no guaranteed quiet/free time to write.

    I confess that I don't write daily, although I hope to make some time early in the morning when the house is quiet on a regular basis. 5:30 a.m. seems to be the only option! But that's only if I haven't stayed up late the night before.

    So, I don't write as regularly as I wish to. I tend to do bursts of writing during semester breaks.

    I am currently (very slowly) working on a fantasy novel, but also have a Christian romance on the back burner.

  5. Great questions.
    I write at all times of the day but I try to focus it between 8 and 5. For smaller projects I usually choose the nighttime to write.

    I write cozy mysteries, how-to articles, short stories and essay/memoir-ish non-fiction. The screenplay I'm working on is a romantic comedy. I like reading cozies and other light fun stuff for the most part. I like watching romcoms and action and sci-fi and paranormal.

  6. Thanks to all who answered! Jennifer: Nothing is accomplished in my house until several cups of coffee have been consumed.

    This was great to see who is writing what and how everyone finds the time!

  7. I just have to say... I LOVE the fact that you "pretend to be in Scotland once a day." I suppose people in Scotland fantasize about the U.S. But I fantasize about Scotland, too. Something to do with "Monarch of the Glen," I'm afraid. And Hamish MacBeth. And the mountains.

    Definitely the mountains.


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