October 23rd, 2009
Welcome to a new feature on the blog called Kay Spills the Beans! A few months back, I did a callout for questions you wanted to ask me… about me, my work, the writing business, or whatever you could dream up.
I figured I might get a few questions, but you guys came up with almost 30! So starting today, I’m introducing Kay Spills the Beans where I’ll be answering reader questions.
Ready? Here we go!
QUESTION: What kind of environment do you need in order to write? Quiet? Music? A room with the door closed? Others nearby? A coffee shop?
Great question! I’m so lucky to have a home office that I Lovie McLoveLove. My home office in our last house was the formal dining room–we’re not formal dining room kind of people–and there was no door. (Did you notice I put that in bold? Not an accident.) It turns out I really need peace and quiet to write first drafts, so I’d usually end up sitting upstairs on the bed with the door closed just so I could get words on the page.
But that’s just for first drafts. When I’m doing a full read-through–the first thing I do after letting the first draft breathe for a bit–I have to do it on a hardcopy so it’s more like reading a real book. For that, it’s off to my serenity room (I think everyone should have a serenity room!) that is part library and part relaxation room. I settle into my favorite recliner and go through the story that way.
Then it’s back to my office, often with the door shut, to do major edits on the computer.
When it’s time to do nitpicky line editing, it’s still home office for me but I move from the computer desk to my executive desk. I do those on hard copy because I’m famous for leaving out words like the and be and things like that. If I don’t print it out and–a trick I learned from an author friend–read it out loud, I’d never catch those.
And then once that manuscript is off, and I’m brainstorming a new one? Our screened-in porch is my favorite place to go. However, The Cinderella Society book 2 is due to my editor on November 15th, so I think I’ll have to cozy up someplace inside while I brainstorm my next book. It’ll be a bit nippy outside by then.
I love hearing about where other authors write, so it was fun to be asked that question myself. In fact, maybe I should do one of my Author Cave features on my own cave! What do you think?
Thanks for playing Kay Spills the Beans!
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