Hey there, happy Monday! I hope you’re having a great day so far, and an even better week ahead of you! I grabbed this post from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Rae Oestreich, on her blog The Wallflower. She is most definitely worth checking out!

Anyway, I’d like to share some of my writerly secrets with all of you. I like to talk about my processes on this blog a lot, whether it be writing or marketing, and I have never really dived into the fun stuff! So here we go:

Where do you write?

Anywhere I can. I hate saying this all the time, but I’m always busy. Also, I’m always moving around. My home office, which I set up to be my exclusive “writing cave” hardly gets used. I find it easier to write in cafes near my apartment or even on my lunch break at work. Seclusion isn’t my style. There’s something about working on a project with the world moving around me that makes me feel energized and inspired.

When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

Again, anytime I can. Most often I am inspired in the morning. On the weekends I like staying up after my husband has fallen asleep and sneaking in a few words into a notebook. I wish I had the time to get up every morning and write all day long, but sadly, a day job is a must. Right now, I write in all the spaces in between my busy routine.

Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

Coffee, but that’s so obvious. So much coffee. I’m really into roasted vegetables as my main snack lately, as weird as that sounds. Coffee and vegetables. 😛

How often do you write a new novel?

Not often at all. I mean, I’m pretty young. I’d say I’ve sat down and attempted at least three different ideas, two during National Novel Writing Month. I’ve only finished one.

Do you listen to music while you write?

Always! Can’t stand silence. Mostly acoustic stuff, always with words. I actually really love dubstep for writing my epic fight scenes. You can listen to my favorite tracks from my writing playlist here.

What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

I write my outline, reference sheets, and actual novel in Scrivener or Microsoft Word on my laptop. All notes and most of my research goes into a notebook. I love the feeling off sitting with just paper and pen and jotting down ideas.

Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?

Before I write I really have to get into a mood. It’s horrible. I know it’s necessary to just put your butt in the chair and start typing, whether you “feel like it” or not, but I struggle. I have to look at visual inspiration, listen to music, read. This mood is fleeting for me sometimes, and I really struggle with it. After I reach my word goal I like to do something mind numbing like play a video game. Just to relax and think about something else.

What do you do to get into the mood to write?

Honestly I didn’t see this question when I typed out the above. But like I said, listen to music, read, go for a walk. I have inspiration boards on Pinterest that I fill with vivid imagery in my genre. Sometimes all it takes is talking to my husband or close friends about my ideas, just to get my gears turning.

What is always near the place you write?

My notebook that I take with  me everywhere. It holds my research and notes for my current work in progress. My laptop. My phone because it is attached to me. A cup of coffee. The tweet deck is always open on my desktop. Headphones. I like to write near my bookshelf if I’m writing at home. A few reference books. That’s about it.

Do you have a reward system for your word count?

No, but I should! Usually a break is good enough for me.

Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

I write about my processes pretty openly on here. I guess the thing that people don’t get to see is how hard I work and how hard I am on myself. I’m not a perfectionist in anything else but my writing. It’s an art form to me. I’m madly in love with the way it makes me feel, and sharing it with others. I’m petrified of scrutiny of my work, but it’s part of the deal. I struggle. A lot. But I know it’s part of this crazy process.

So, there you have it! I was overdue for a fun post. Thanks so much to Rae for passing along the idea. You guys can follow her on Twitter here. 

I challenge all of you to answer these questions or come up with your own. (Leave a link to your post in the comments!) Let your readers in to your life and it may help them with their writing struggles. If you have any questions for me, about the information above or anything else, you can catch me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Happy writing!

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  1. Aw, thanks for the shout-outs, dear! I’m so glad you decided to do this tag (and I’m so glad I’m not the only one who absolutely can’t stand silence!).

    And roasted veggies are kind of bomb. Though I imagine some of them might taste a bit strange with coffee, I’ve got to admit XD

    Thanks for joining in, Nicole!

  2. Thanks for posting this! It was a great way for me to get back into blogging 🙂

    1. Yay! Love it!

    • Whitney Hitt
    • October 20, 2015

    I love this! Do you mind if I do it for my channel?

    1. Not at all, Whitney! Send me a link when you’re done 🙂

        • Whitney Hitt
        • October 27, 2015

        Will do! I think this will be an awesome writing related video to post while I’m doing NaNo. I hope to get around 4-8 prefilmed videos to post during November so I don’t have to worry about filming at all that month. I’m hoping for 4 writing related videos and 4 book related. 2 a week.

  3. Love your answers, Nicole! I was recently tagged on this, too, so I’m hoping to have some time to post my version soon. 🙂

    I also listen to music while I write. However, unlike you, I can’t for the life of me listen to music with lyrics. It has to be instrumental music. Otherwise the lyrics distract me. :S

  4. Ooh, I love this tag! Thanks so much for giving us all a peek inside your process, Nicole. You’ve inspired me to share my own answers on my author website –

  5. Found this over on Kristen’s website and I love this tag. Definitely doing this soon!

    1. Thank you! I love love love Kristen, she’s fabulous! See you around 🙂

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