Welcome back everyone to the start of another bright and shiny new year. I hope 2013 brings good health and the culmination of your dreams.
Today, we have as our guest blogger, Keziah Hill who writes in the genres of erotic romance and romantic suspense.
Warning : Some content may not suitable for under 18.
In one or two sentences, please tell us what genre you write in and what made you decide that particular one is your calling. Crime has always been my first love but when I first started writing, I seemed to want to write erotica. That’s been my focus over the last few years, but crime is calling to me. So 2013 will be my year of focusing on crime and romantic suspense.
What time of the day do you write? I’m definitely a morning writer. I find as soon as I let the day in, my head gets too easily distracted. I don’t think it’s good to be so wedded to a time of day to write so 2013 is also a year of breaking bad habits.
Where do you write? I write at my desk which is in my dining room. I live alone and have a small house, so I’ve been able to set it up the way I want to. Sometimes I sit on my couch with the lap top to mix it up, and sometimes I sit at a little table I have near a window and hand write.
Is there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse? Not really, but the one habit that works the best is to disconnect the modem and deposit it in the spare bedroom before I go to bed. That way in the morning I have to make a conscious decision to break my concentration and get on the net.
What’s the first think you do before you begin to write? In the mornings, have a shower and breakfast. In 2013 I want to add a walk to that.
Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work? I tend to go with the flow. I might read the last page.
Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser? I’m a planster. I’d like to be more of a plotter. I write the first few chapters then fall in a heap and have to start from the beginning. It’s an inefficient way to write. But I’ve found writing like this is the only way I can get to know the characters.
Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time? No schedule, no goals. Much guilt, much anxiety, much self-doubt. This writing gig is perfect for someone raised as a Catholic.
Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity? I scribble with post it notes, get enthusiastic at the latest mind mapping app, then ignore them all and just write. Although Scrivener is great for organising a manuscript. When I start to loath writing I stop and garden and read poetry.
Do you give yourself any writing rewards for achieving goals? Nope. How could I wallow in guilt if I recognised I achieved goals?
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? I’m really bad at this and as a result contribute to my osteopath’s wellbeing.
Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write? I have an RWA cup with pens in it, one of those tall jotting pads, my snazzy faux antique document holder, a rather tasteful lamp and my glasses case.
What is your favourite form of procrastination? Sigh. The interwebs. The only thing that works for me is disconnecting the modem or use Freedom http://macfreedom.com
What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session? On the days I have to go to the day job, look at the clock and curse; on the day I don’t, look at the clock and curse.
Keziah Hill’s next erotic short Business with Pleasure is out with Momentum http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/business-with-pleasure/ on 15 January 2013 (actually available on Amazon now).
Deborah Tait has a short novella in Moonlit Encounters from TWC Press http://www.twcpress.com/books.html
Keziah, thank you for sharing a day in your writing life. We wish you well with your writing career.