What do you write?
A bit of everything really. Educational Resources, blogs for other people, film reviews – I’m always open to whatever my inbox brings. But I love writing fiction. I believe all the fictional stories are floating around, they pick the writer, and they want to tell that story. If the writer doesn’t complete the story, you have failed to let that idea fulfil its destiny.
Pen & paper or computer & printer?
Computer & printer. I like to write on paper, but then I end up with lots of filled notebooks that need to be typed up.
Where do you write? Where would you like to write?
First drafts are created on my laptop, which sits on my knee in the living room. I need some background noise, but not music. Edits and final drafts are completed in the library. I book the final draft and editing slot into my diary.
Writing is easier now my children are older and can take themselves to school. I remember the challenges of writing in the car while waiting at the school gates. Getting words down when the girls were doing ballet and tap. Trying to complete a novel in the lunch hour at work. I think if you want to write – write. Some places are nicer, and more convenient than others. But waiting for the perfect time or spot is a risk to your word count.
I have been on writing retreats before, last year it was in France. I find not having to cook and clean for the family amazingly liberating. Full board retreats are the best. But the location doesn’t matter that much because I would still be on my screen – a comfy chair, not too hot or cold, tea and biscuits are far more important than a place.
Which do you enjoy more – researching, writing or editing?