Where do you write? Is it quiet? Do you like to listen to music? Do you write at home or away? What gets you in the mood?
I used to love writing in a tree. You heard me right, just a yellow notepad, a #2 mechanical pencil and my favorite L-shaped branch in my mom’s backyard.
Now, my home office is my favorite space to write. When I walk in there, I’m welcomed by the most soothing shade of green. There is no question the office belongs to a writer. The walls are covered with pictures of my characters, their names, eye color, catch phrases. I even have weather charts, calendars, lunar cycles (important when working with werewolves) and even a made up school roster. For my current WIP Blink, I have the outline on index cards taped to the wall so I can see my progress.
Listening to music helps me get into the zone faster than anything else. I love love love love Pandora.com. I have an Enigma radio station for Blink because Lexi listens to that kind of music when she kills. For Edge of Truth, I prefer my John Legend and/or Will Smith stations. But, when I’m working on my adult vampire stuff, I’m She Wants Revenge all the way. I only hear the first few songs before everything disappears and I don’t even hear the music anymore.
Those are the moments I live for, the reason I write. Ah, the writer’s high. Nothing like the thrill of words filling the page, characters getting into trouble, characters fighting or falling in love or both.
Even though my writing space has evolved over time — my notepad replaced by a laptop, the pencil by a keyboard, and my branch by a chair — my love for writing remains the same.
I don’t write there anymore, I still climb that tree.