As part of the Talented blog tour, author Sophie Davis is here as a guest to talk about her writing process!
About Sophie Davis:Sophie moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from Penn State University to pursue a career in the Sciences. After deciding to actually write down one of the stories she makes up in her head, Sophie began the long journey towards her first full-length novel, Talented. Caged is her second novel, and the second in the Talented Saga. When Sophie isn't hunched over her computer, she can be found shopping in Georgetown, running in Rock Creek Park, or at the local dive bars in her Columbia Heights Neighborhood.
Writing Quirks and Must-haves to Write
Before I sit down to work on a scene, I have a ritual of sorts. I must have one hot beverage, tea or coffee, and one cold beverage, usually ice water. I always set a pad of sticky notes and a pen next to the keyboard, in case I need to make notations for later. I also need background noise, either music or the television. I find that music gives me the most inspiration, but sometimes I do more singing than writing, and it ends up to be more of a distraction than a help.
I don’t have as much free time to write as I would like, so whenever I get a spare hour or two I make a point to sit at my computer, but my preference is to write in the middle of the night or the very early morning. I don’t know if it’s the fact that the internet provides very little distraction in the middle of the night, or that I’m nocturnal, but I tend to get the most done and do my best work while the rest of the world is sleeping.
I do all of my original outlines and editing with a pen and paper. Somehow, it feels more productive when I can physically cross out sections that don’t work and rewrite them by hand. Of course, when I go to enter the edits into the master document, I often implement further edits. I also create a new document for every draft, not wanting to lose even one word of the previous one, despite the fact I rarely reread the early renditions after I’ve moved on.
I am particular about the color of pens I use to edit as well; I think that might be because of flashbacks to term papers covered in red ink and dripping criticisms. Therefore, I always use blue, green, or purple, as I find them to be much friendlier colors.
In the grand scheme of things, none of my quirks make me a better writer, but I find the rituals comforting, and they help put me in a frame of mind that makes it easier for me to transport the stories from my head to paper.
Thanks so much for your post, Sophie! I can definitely understand the need to have noise in order to get work done--as well as the tendency to sing more than work. ;)
See an excerpt from Talented and enter to win a copy in my next post. :)