#WritersLife Tag

#WritersLife Tag

Cait Grace, creator or the cool blog Paper Fury tagged all writers for this book tag. I’ve never done a tag before, but this one sounded cool so I thought I’d give it a shot.


Write Fuel : What do you eat/drink while writing?

I don’t eat anything while writing. I eat in between writing. Get up at around 5AM, eat first breakfast. Write with a cup of tea or coffee, the first strong, the second strong and black. Second breakfast/Hobbit breakfast, and then write some more.

Write Sounds: What do you listen to while writing?

Nothing. I can write if someone else is watching TV. And because I write in the living room, the TV is sometimes on. But because I get up at 5AM or sometimes earlier, I can write for a couple solid hours before everyone else gets up. I don’t listen to soundtracks or songs while writing.

Write Vice: What’s your most debilitating distraction?

If I’m reading a good book. George R.R. Martin is to blame recently. I spend a lot of time on IMDB and Goodreads, too.

Write Horror: What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you while writing?

Writing for two hours in a Word Document that had opened as Read-Only, so when I came to save it I couldn’t and lost everything I’d written.

Write Joy: What’s the best thing that’s happened to you while writing or how do you celebrate small victories?

Writing a sentence or scene or a chapter that I’m really proud of. It doesn’t always happen, but there are some moments where you write something and you say, “That’s not half bad.”

Or

Finishing a book. A novel is a tough thing to face, but battling through it to come out the other side with a full novel is a wicked feeling.

Write Crew: Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?

Nobody but the characters I’m writing about. I get deep into a world, sometimes too deep.

Write Secret: What’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw?

Routine. I used to write only when I felt like it. I could go as long as a week without writing anything at all. So I started writing every day with a set word count. It took some getting used to but now I write at least 2000 words a day and don’t let myself do less.

Know where you’re going, at least some of the way. Some people are plotters, some pansters. I’m somewhere in between. I don’t outline a novel from beginning to end, but I do think at least one or two chapters ahead from where I’m writing in the moment. That way I don’t get writers block.

Leave it on a spot you can come back to easily. This could be in the middle of an action sequence or a conversation, it just makes it easier to pick up again the next time you write.

One of many flaws is that I am no good at writing romance. I’ve learned a little and know it’s necessary for some plots, but I’m just not very good at it.

Another flaw is description. Again, I’ve learned to write sharper description, but I still probably write too much.

Write-Spiration: What always makes you productive?

Reading other books. I want to write as well as some of my favourite authors, and the only way to do that is to keep writing.

Write Peeve: What’s one thing writers do (or you do) that’s annoying?

Write what they think will get published and not what they want to write. If everyone writes the same thing, with the same plot, ideas, characters etc nothing new will ever get written.

Write Words: Share one sentence from a project past or present

I’m editing with my agent at the moment, but recently I finished my first attempt at writing for adults. A supernatural horror. It was a great experience and I could write horror pretty much without any limits. Below is one of the more PG lines.

 My hands sank into inches of gore, black and made soupy as it blended with the melted snow.


Thanks to Cait Grace of Paper Fury for offering this tag to all writers. I do the same now. So if you’re a writer, you’re tagged…

And check out Paper Fury. It’s a great blog for readers and writers.

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About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 09/28/2015, in #WritersLife, book tag, books, reading, tag, writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oh this was great! I LOVED READING THIS! (So glad you stole it too. :P) And omg I’m in awe that you write 2,000 words every day…like EVERY day!?!? You never take a day off?!? *bows to you* I’m a binge writer. I just finished my draft and had days where I wrote like 10K+ but now I would happily not write until next year. XD hehe (Although I do plan to do NaNo.) So I’m not ever sure if that’s a good thing or not?!? But, eh. It’s my process for now.

    And YAY FOR SILENT WRITERS!! *hi fives* Also yay for second breakfast. Second breakfast is life.

    • Thanks. I didn’t used to write 2,000. But I took Stephen King’s advice and it worked for me. There are probably as many different ways to write as there are writers. Whatever works for you might not for someone else.
      Cool, what did you just finish writing? I’ve never done NaNo, but heard a lot about it.
      Aye, can’t beat a Hobbit’s breakfast. Peanut butter on toast for me.

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