The Writing Habits Tag! – Tag Thursday

Posted: July 7, 2016 in Creative WRiting, writing tag
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Tag Thursday

So, last week we did reading habits. I thought that it would be fun to do some writing habits for this weeks tag! This way, we can get to know one another on a writing level a little better. I looked around and found a few tags for this (mostly done through youtube), but I didn’t find anything that hit all of the points that I wanted. So… I decided to just go ahead and make up my own. I’m sure that I’ve borrowed some from all of those tags, but they’re honestly just pretty general writing questions. So, let’s begin!

Writer Habits

-Writing Habit Tag 

Where do you like to write:

Oh, I have actually answered this before in a blog, but my actual preferences waver, depending on what the situation is like at the time. Ideally, I would have my desktop set up in my bedroom or office, so that I could always write on it in peace. But, that’s never going to happen. So I am a hybrid – when I can (and when I can concentrate), I like to write on my desktop. When I can’t concentrate, I retreat to some form of a laptop.

What program do you like to write with:

So, I actually have multiple things that I use now. Primarily, when I am writing a novel I always use Scrivener. I couldn’t recommend a better program for that. When I’m not doing novel work, or I’m doing something that I want easy access to, I use GoogleDocs. I never really use Microsoft Word anymore, though that used to be my main writing program.

  What is your current writing project:

I posed this question like I don’t have more than one. So, currently, I am working on four projects. When Flowers Fall is a novel that delves into the supernatural/faerie world, and will have epic fight scenes and war. My Untitled Serial Killer novel is going to be from the perspective of a serial killer… and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten with that. Second Realm actually spurred from a Writing Prompt Response, and it’s just happening. My main thing that I’m working on is Cerulean Darkness, which is an epic fantasy novel that I finished for NaNoWriMo 3 years ago, and I’m finally doing edits and rewrites. (We will ignore the fact that i have about 15 other WIPs.)

   Have you ever finished a novel? If so, when and what was it about?

I have finished 10 novels in my lifetime, and they range from fantasy, to horror, to supernatural/paranormal romance. The novel that I finished most recently is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and it has mermaids. Yeah. xD

What was the last project you completed:

Hmmm… I guess the last project that I technically finished would be Danse With Me – a really long fanfiction that I didn’t mean to even start… but somehow a one shot grew into 70,000 words, and I realized exactly how much I loved Fallout 4.

   Do you snack when you write:

I do. I have candy, or an energy drink, or some chips, or anything that I can get my hands on. However, when I get really intent on what I’m writing, I forget everything around me. But, the good thing is, the snacks are there for when I come back down to Earth. I think my favorite thing is to just have a bag of candy in my desk drawer that I can delve into when I feel like I did a particularly good paragraph.

When is your favorite time to write:

Mmmm, this is tricky. My favorite time to write is when it’s quiet. So, when people are at work, or deep into the night. I do love writing at night, because the whole world is quiet, and it’s just me and my words, and the world that I’m trying to create. There’s something almost magical about it. However, I also really enjoy lazily writing in the morning when I first get up, while sipping a cup of coffee to bring my muse to life. I guess… my favorite time to write is whenever I have the opportunity to – but I vote for late at night, because it’s my favorite out of everything.

What music do you listen to when you write:

Oh, so, this has evolved greatly over the years. The first novel that I wrote was in two composition notebooks, and written at school… so I didn’t write that to any music. But, after that (when I started writing on a computer), I listened to a ton of Ozzy Osbourne while I was writing. I evolved slowly from CD’s to making playlists on youtube… and recently, I have discovered the beauty of Spotify. Now, I just make writing lists that are appropriate to what I’m writing – in example, for Cerulean Darkness (the fantasy novel), I have a lot of instrumental, and then some various love songs/epic songs. My musical tastes are so eclectic that I will listen to anything that pertains to the novel, no matter what musical genre is is, as long as it inspires me.

In a side note: Ozzy is still on every playlist I have.

How long have you been writing, and what inspired you – basically, why do you keep this habit of writing up:

I don’t know what first inspired me. I wrote a story for my teacher in school (I was 10 or 11? – hint, I am 26 now. You do the math), and everyone told me how lovely it was, how colorful the words were… I was very young, and I looked at the story and thought, “But this is an essay. Imagine if I could do it with a book!” I’ve always loved to read, so I was always telling stories to myself. I just decided that it was time to put pen to paper and try my hand at the whole practice of it. I’ve honestly never looked back – I’ve gone through a million things of “What I wanna be when I grow up”, and I’ve have different jobs, and different schooling… but the thing that I want to be, and the thing that I am is a writer. It’s what makes me happy, what makes me passionate.

What inspires me now is the thought of my book being on a shelf, my book being something that a kid like who I was then picks up… and gets lost in. When you’re reading a good book, you forget everything that’s hurting you, that’s troubling you… and you’re in that world. I want to create a world that people can get lost in – I want to help people and inspire them in the way that I know I am best at… with my writing.

Who will you tag?

I am tagging everyone who comes to my blog, everyone who is a writer! Do the tag and link back to me! I would love to see what your writing habits are!

That’s all for this edition of Tag Thursday! If you have any suggestions for what next Thursday’s tag should be, if you have one you’ve written, if you have one that you want to write and see me do, just let me know in a comment or link!

Until then, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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