1. Do you outline?
Not really, I might start an outline but it’s generally abandoned as the ideas get rolling. I never stick to the outline either so I really only will use it if I get stuck during a story or if I have trouble starting.
2. Do you write straight through, or do you sometimes tackle the scenes out of order?
Almost always write straight through, however if a particular conversation or description comes to me that’s going to happen later on I jot it down. I’ve learned that if I don’t when I get to said scene invariably I struggle with what came to me so easily before. Sometimes I use those snippets and sometimes I don’t.
3. Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
I don’t have a preference. I’ve found that if I get stuck though switching mediums will help me get unstuck.
4. Do you prefer writing in first person or third?
I enjoy both, the characters and story decide whether or not its going to be in 1st or 3rd. I have little control over it.
5. Do you listen to music while you write?
Always, sometimes I’ll even make soundtracks. However, I have to have total quiet when I’m editing or else I’ll go batty.
6. How do you come up with the perfect names for your characters?
They usually tell me them without me having to ask. Occasionally, I look ones up in my baby name books if I’m searching for something in particular. Now if only coming up with titles was as easy.
7. When you're writing, do you ever imagine your story as a television show or movie?
No, not really but I can picture it perfectly in my head as if I was watching a movie. Does that count?
8. Have you ever had a character insist on doing something you really didn't want him/her to do?
All the time, sometimes they win, sometimes I win.
9. Do you know how a story is going to end when you start it?
I usually have a pretty good idea. It’s been known to change though and occasionally I’ve started a story with no damned idea.
10. Where do you write?
Everywhere, I’ve written at work, church, the bus, the bathtub, getting a pedicure, during vacation and at family dinners.
11. What do you do when you get writer's block?
I’ll either switch mediums, switch stories, edit or go do something else for an hour or so then come back to it. Sometimes I’ll talk out the scene with Fae, my husband or Christy and brainstorm a bit.
12. What size increments do you write in (either in terms of wordcount, or as a percentage of the fic as a whole)?
I try to write 2,500 words a day of something, even if its just fun stories for my friends alone. It is often an unrealistic goal which makes me wish I only had one job. It doesn’t matter if it’s on one story or several. When I’m at work and it’s a slow day I’ll work for 30 minutes then write for 30 minutes. On the weekend I’ll write for an hour or so at a time then I’ll clean or play with my son.
13. How many different drafts did you write for your last project?
Drafts with major changes? Three. There were several other editing sessions in there, but all in all it comes out to three major drafts.
14. Have you ever changed a character's name midway through a draft?
That has happened.
15. Do you let anyone read your story while you're working on it, or do you wait until you've completed a draft before letting someone else see it?
Yep my husband reads all of my stories. When their solo stories sometimes I’ll let my co-author or friend look at them.
16. What do you do to celebrate when you finish a draft?
I miss the characters and mourn lol. Sleep is good when I finish a glass and a nice glass of wine.
17. One project at a time, or multiple projects at once?
It is impossible for me to work on one project at a time. I have over ten going on now in various stages of completion.
18. Do your stories grow or shrink in revision?
Both, it depends on the story and what needs to be done with it.
19. Do you have any writing or critique partners?
Absolutely, my co-writer is Fae Sutherland and she’s amazing. We critique each other’s stories too. The only other people I regularly critique with are my husband and my friend Suzane.
20. Do you prefer drafting or revising?
I love both. Drafting is harder for me than revising, however revising is much more exhausting.