Behind the Scenes [Blog Tag]

Behind the Scenes [Blog Tag]
Hello everyone! 
I hope you are all having a good weekend. I’m busy studying for exams.
So instead of review, enjoy a book tag I took way too long getting round to doing. 
I was tagged for the Behind the Scenes tag by Allison @ Allison the Writer
It’s a writing tag… but I love writing so much I cowrite at another blog called These Writerly Conundrums about it. So I thought it wouldn’t be too bad to share here too.

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Is there a snack you like to eat while writing?

Not really. I usually have a cup of tea with me, and the possible odd chocolate biscuit to dip into it. (I’m British, gotta love my cuppa ^.^) But otherwise, I’m way too in the zone to be eating and writing. If I do have dried mango, I might snack on that a little while writing. 
But then again, if I did have dried mango, I would be snacking on it all the time until it was finished. 
What time of the day do you usually write at?

When it comes to novel writing, I really like to do it in the early hours of the day. Any time before midday works for me, especially at 6am when everyone else is still sleeping. I’m very much a morning person and I am the best I can be at anything as long as it is fairly early on in the day. 
When it comes to poetry writing, I write that best from 9-5 I think. Probably because that’s when I’m supposed to be listening in school. Oops >.>

Where do you write? 

I usually write in my bedroom. I’m next to my desk in the most cases with my feet propped up on my bed and my laptop resting on my legs because I type fastest that way. In fact, that’s how I am writing this blog post at the moment.
But when I’m writing poetry, I can do it anywhere. In class. In a bus. Anywhere really, as long as I have my notebook with me (which I just so happen to carry everywhere, because inspiration strikes me at the strangest of times.)
How often do you write a new novel?

I’m currently editing a novel I have been working on for the past 2 years… so…
But it has ONLY taken that long because I keep getting distracted and side tracked with other new shiny ideas. Which I invest about 30,000 words in before I return to my main novel. I should really work on trying to avoid doing that…

Do you listen to music while you write?

Not really? Sometimes I am so in the zone that I want silence. 
However, lately I’ve been playing my Thor: The Dark World OST soundtrack while I write. And it’s actually nice. 
What’s your writing utensil? Paper or laptop?

It depends. As you know, when it’s my novel, I’m on the laptop. When it’s poetry, I’m writing in my notebook. And when it’s a children’s novella (I’ve only written one of those) or a short story, it’s just random pieces of paper and written by hand. 
Do you have a special pre-writing ritual?

Not really? I make sure I have everything I need and that I’ve done everything I need to do in order to avoid as many distractions as possible. I pull out my planning, because I always have (yes, even for poetry.) Then I just get started.
What do you do to get into the writing mood?

Sometimes I read a little before writing. This can be writing tips, or the book I’m currently reading, or even the last part of the novel that I wrote before stopping. But usually the writing mood is the reason why I’m already writing πŸ˜€ 

What do you always have near the place you write?

1. My planning. 
2. Pen and paper. To scribble ideas down. 
3. My mini-idea notebook. When inspiration strikes I save it in there for later. (I think you’re seeing that I have a lot of notebooks. 
4. My phone. This may seem like a distraction to some people, but I sometimes need to look things up on the internet to double check I’m not lying to my readers. 
5. A hair bubble/tie because I really dislike my hair getting in the way of my vision when I am writing, or reading. 
Do you have a reward system for word counts?

I don’t! But you know what? I should do D: 

Is there anything else about your writing process your readers don’t know?

Well, maybe they already DO know this, but this blog started because I want to be an author. Publishers/agents always appreciate an author who can bring an email subscriber list and already have a group of potential readers for their novel. What better way to have that than through a blog? And even better – a book blog?
Yet, if my dream of being an author died away today, I would still keep blogging. I know it helps to have one but blogging has grown to mean so much more to me than that. But yes, one day I do want to publish my novel that I have been labouring over for two years. And yes, maybe you’ll be hearing about it on here too when the time is right ^.^
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I tag!
Inge & Aly @ Of Wonderland 
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Olivia’s Question: Do you write? If not, what’s your dream job?
Olivia-Savannah x


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