Today we welcome, Sharon Sherry, who has kindly agreed to share a day in her writing life. Sharon writes in the category Sexy line and is looking forward to her trip to NYC in September where she hopes to get more great ideas for her writing.
What time of the day do you write? Mornings now. I used to try and write at night after coming home brain dead until I read one of the RWA ladies say that if you have a busy job that requires you to think a lot, write BEFORE you go to work.
Where do you write? Do you have your own special place? I hadn’t written for the longest time and have recently started again. I have an office that I rarely use as I often find myself sitting at the kitchen table.
Is there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse? I think about all the wonderful women I’ve met who are successful…and want to be amongst them as a published author. To do that, one needs to actually write! And so it goes.
What’s the first thing you do before you begin to write? I make that heart-starting first cup of coffee. There’s no point talking to me until then.
Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser? I have morphed into a plantser…that’s a pantser who’s trying hard to become a plotter (they’re so much better organised). I used to edit as I went until Cath Evans got me out of the habit during an early BIAW. Now I go hell-for-leather while the muse is on my shoulder and worry about editing later.
Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time? As I said, I hadn’t written much – only just returned to it in the past few months – so the schedule is simply to put something on the page.
What writing tools do you favour? Long hand, computer ….. I love the computer…and the message area on my smartphone where I put those little thoughts that occur on the bus on the way to work. A fun toy I enjoy is Write or Die (set a word goal and a time frame and go for it!). I have downloaded Scrivener but haven’t had time to learn how to use it and I don’t want to waste a day of the 30 day trial they give you.
Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity? I have a GMC laminated page that I’m trying to use as outlined in Deb Dixon’s GMC book… as well as an image board to keep my characters and settings firmly in mind (gotta love the McGrath home sales book…wonderful inspiration for all those mansions I like to write about).
Do you take time out to stretch, rest your eyes etc and if so do you do any exercises at your desk or between sessions? By changing my writing time to before work, it’s write, write, write, rush into the shower and get ready and get out the door. That is my exercise for the day!
Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write? Different coloured fine pens for editing and doodling, a vase of glass roses from my Mum, headphones to drown out distractions, the post-it notes I use when rogue thoughts appear or a GMC needs changes, the image boards to keep my characters in my sights when my thoughts wander.
What is your favourite form of procrastination? Procrastinate? Me? I confess that reading works by other writers (aka “research”) is my favourite. There’s that old hint (and I paraphrase) “You can fix up something you’ve written, but you can’t fix an empty page”…so I start with a mind map to get the creative juices flowing again. Sometimes a mind map takes me to some cool places.
What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session? A word count and a big, fat sigh of satisfaction that I’ve done it!
I don’t have a website yet but finally have a Twitter presence “@ssherryaus” but it’s mostly about following my author friends and supporting them by re-tweets and comments. It’s good practice for the time when I’m announcing great news.
Sherry, thank you for sharing your writing life with us.