This week's question comes from Melanie Backus. She won a copy of Seasons in the Mist by Deborah Kinnard!
She asks: "As your creative juices flow, do you have to get away from everyone and everything with absolute silence when writing or does your writing occur at anytime and anyplace?”
“If I required solitude and silence in order to write, I doubt that I would ever get anything written. To answer your question, I can write whenever inspiration strikes (and sometimes when it doesn’t—for instance, when I’m facing a blank screen and a deadline).”
Richard L. Mabry, MD
“I write on a schedule. Since I now write full time, I work Monday thru Friday, Saturday if I can, until I reach word count. Then, I move on to the other aspects of being a writer. While writing my word count, I need silence. No noise other than the fan whirling overhead.”
Cynthia Hickey (Melton)
“When I was younger I could write in the midst of all the chaos--young children and a dog and a bird--and it didn't bother me. Now, I find it much more difficult to concentrate in the midst of my family but I often don't have a choice and write anytime and anywhere. I home school and my husband works from home.”
“I'm a little like Dr. Mabry. During the fall, I'm even writing between games at my daughters' volleyball matches.
“But there are some scenes that demand privacy. I get to poignant parts of my story and type with tears streaming down my face. It isn't exactly conducive to the "mood" when my family rushes over to make sure I'm all right! LOL!”
“I need quiet when I write – except for music. For some reason music in the background helps me. I love Pandora. If I really need to concentrate, I can play my instrumental station. If I’m a little more relaxed, I turn to something a little more upbeat.
“Even though I don’t actually write during the times I’m not sitting at my desk, an idea can hit anytime. I am always writing down new ideas – or plot twists. This can happen anytime during the day – or at night. Unfortunately, some of my best concepts happen after I get into bed. That means I have to get up and make myself a note. I don’t always trust myself to remember my “brilliant” ideas the next morning. LOL!”
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