I’m more than halfway through my new YA due December 1--actually, I hope to finish it on Halloween. Scary! I’m not writing any faster than I usually do. I’m not sure I’d be able to speed the process up if I tried. When I “write,” it’s about 10% pen to paper and 90% staring into space.
What I have done in order to meet this deadline is cut out all the procrastination, such as blogging *cough*. Also, I can’t have my regularly scheduled nervous breakdown for this book. There’s no time! And I need to play every trick I know on myself to keep myself from getting blocked.
One of my favorite tricks is changing the location where I write. I write a lot at home, of course, but there are several problems with this. There’s a computer with the Internet on it. There’s housework (and contrary to popular belief, I do do some of this). Lately when my husband has the day off at home between business trips, he feels compelled to fire up the power drill and/or the bandsaw. But most importantly, I’m staring at the same four walls I’ve been staring at for the last few books. A change of scenery is an instant brainstorm for me.
So, besides my daily jog (I’m training for the Vulcan Run on November 4, and I’m up to 4 miles; again, *cough*), I try to get out of the house while my son is at school, armed only with a printout of my writing so far, a pen and notebook, and my iPod to ward off the loud conversations and Frank Sinatra songs that sometimes prove distracting at Starbucks.
The Starbucks in Vestavia Hills has figured out who I am. I’ve been there enough in the past few weeks that I’m a “regular.” They finally asked if I’m a writer, and I had to tell them the truth about my book, since I discovered when I was a teenager that I’m a really bad liar. So, always preferring the incognito, I have switched to the Starbucks in Homewood. I’ve also had success writing at the Vestavia Hills library and at Central Park in Homewood, watching the skateboarders (and, I’m sure, getting a reputation as “creepy writer lady”). All of this may shift several more times before Halloween. I wrote a large portion of MAJOR CRUSH while working out on the elliptical machine at the YMCA.
Where do you write?