Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Maiden Voyage on Road Trip Wednesday

"Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic."

 Today I'm answering for my first RTW topic, and it is a perfect maiden voyage topic for me, folks.

This week's topic is: What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early Worm? Night Owl ? Any five seconds you can grab?
I used to be:
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Only I wasn't this blue and cool and lovely.
No. My eyes were redder and droopier because I'd already played a few Wii games with my young son or helped him with his homework or made him something to eat, and I was on my third glass of Malbec.
Sometimes fourth...but they're tiny bistro glasses.
And still, I could churn out several pages before falling asleep on my keyboard with a little chocolatey drool easing its way out of the corner of my mouth.
Chocolate drool because that's what I eat when I write.
 Note to writers: Eating bowlfuls of dark chocolate with red wine is not a sound diet. 
After ten pounds inexplicably found their way to my waist, I am now...

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Is 7:30 considered early? If not, maybe I'm just a "worm" and not an "early worm," inching my way though my manuscript.
It happened on vacation, of all places. My family was visiting a good friend in Michigan, and we were staying in a cabin on his little spread of land.  We took literally a few steps out the cabin, and there was our private lake with our devoted loons and baby frogs hopping on wee legs. 
Before the kids woke up (10:30? 11?), I sat with my laptop in front of the lake view window and wrote for at least two hours every morning. I traded wine for coffee and chocolate for almonds, and somehow wrote more than half a YA novel manuscript in just a few weeks.  
 Note to writers: I (highly) do not recommend abandoning wine for extended periods of time. 
Now that the school semester is almost upon me, I've traded early morning sessions for evening again, and I have to admit that I was much more productive writing in the morning. It takes me a solid hour of deleting and pulling my hair before my muse kicks in at night.  Coffee seems to kick-start the muse faster.  It's a conundrum when you write best when you're supposed to be teaching writing elsewhere.
I wonder how many other writers need wine and/or coffee to settle down and focus on the first few productive paragraphs.


  1. Glad to see I'm not the only one who switches their productive time. :)

    It's funny how seemingly meaningless and unexpected changes to our schedule (going on vacation, for example) can change routines we thought we had nailed down.

  2. Not so much wine for me, but a good beer helps me relax into the story. ;)

  3. @Crystal--mmm. Beer is good in the summer.I've never tried it with writing, but I'm open!

    @Ava--I know! I'd think that vacation would scatter my inspiration, but I rediscovered it.

  4. Not gonna lie, I had coffee for the first time a few weeks ago.

    It was like I was staring into heaven. I could think of everything. I felt like I could just write the whole day. And then it was gone and I felt like I needed another trip to Starbucks.

  5. @Francesca, So glad you entered the java realm on inspiration. Now you must buy a coffee maker or French Press that will be a little more economical that Star-all-your-bucks. (But they are good treats.)

  6. Oops. That'll teach me to proofread.
    I meant to write:
    @Francesca, So glad you entered the java realm of inspiration. Now you must buy a coffee maker or French Press that will be a little more economical than Star-all-your-bucks. (But SB coffees are good treats.)

    That makes a little more sense...

  7. Coffee. Must. Have. Coffee.

    Which probably explains why I'm an early bird.

    I love staying at the beach in the summer - it's like your lake house. SO serene. Lends to incredible productivity.

  8. I empathize with your changing schedules and accidentally becoming a morning person. Also I'm totally a coffee/latte addict, and buying a Tassimo machine changed my life (or at least my budget).

  9. Coffee + My muse = besties. I love the image of being able to write for two hours by a pristine lake... how lovely!

    GOOD LUCK being able to squeeze in more of those morning writing sessions!

  10. I write whenever I can. Night, morning, middle of the day--I don't discriminate!

    Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)