I stumbled upon this today. For all of you writers out there:
Deana Barnhart is getting together with some agents and offering up a wonderful opportunity. Take a look at her blog here: http://deanabarnhart.blogspot.ca/p/gutgaa-2012-faqs-and-links.html
Starting with a good ol' meet and greet, here we go, here's me:
-Where do you write?
Anywhere and everywhere. When an idea hits me I just hope that I have a pen and paper so I can write it all down before it escapes.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A mountain full of blankets. My most visited writing space is on the couch in the living room. Next to it is another couch, home to those useless froufrou couch pillows and at the moment a duvet and a couple of blankets.
-Favorite time to write?
Whenever I have the chance, but mostly in the late evening once everyone has gone to bed and I can enjoy my quiet time for the day.
-Drink of choice while writing?
Probably a tea.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Generally there is music on in the background. I think I would find it far too unusual if there were complete silence, and therefore harder to concentrate.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
The beginning of my novel came from a dream. From there, I spent my spare time daydreaming in order to develop the rest of it.
-What's your most valuable writing tip
Oh, there's so many! Write everything down. Don't take a chance, because you could forget it. Even when you don't feel like writing or don't know where to begin write anyways, you can always erase it later. And my personal favourite, based on my own horrible experiences with computers: write it out first, then type it. Not only does this mean that if something happens and your work accidentally gets erased, you'll still have a copy, but I find it a little easier to edit as you transfer the written copy to typed text.