How do YOU write?

2 May

Today’s post is actually a repeat from my personal blog, but it was so interesting to see people’s responses, I thought I’d share it again here! I mean, sure, we LTWFers know you guys through comments, emails, and chats, but it’s always nice to get to know you better! So, I’ve put up a bunch of polls, and if you’d care to share which answers you chose in the comments section, then we can all learn a little more about each other.

So yeah, today the floor is open to YOU.



This is my office space. Do you have one?


I spend over 40 hours a week writing. I KNOW, I’m kinda crazy, but I treat it like a full-time job. My goal is to get at least 2 books written a year. So far, so good…


For this next one, you can choose more than one (since, you know, you would work on weekdays and work 5-7 days a week). I work every single freakin’ day–even on weekends. The week is devoted almost solely to writing/revising, and the weekends are for blogs, crit-work, and website stuff.


If I could go anywhere in the world to write, I’m thinking this place looks pretty nice… Where would you go?


I’m half-and-half. I like to have a beginning, middle, and end in my mind before I start, and I typically sketch out a few scenes before I write them. Yet I also let myself follow a random idea and give my Muse freedom to run wild when she wants.


I definitely have a critique partner–a few, actually. They each have different styles of critiquing, and as such, they each catch different problems–I ♥ them very much.


Oh man, if I could have lunch with any of these three… I think I’d pick Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, and William Faulkner. Not only did they live in such exciting, changing times for publishing and writers, but they all had such distinct, kinda crazy (in a good way) personalities!


And so, my dear friends, what did you choose? You tell us in the comments–I can’t wait to find out!


18 Responses to “How do YOU write?”

  1. Aurora Blackguard May 2, 2011 at 4:30 AM #

    I would LOOVEE to go to Italy, plop myself in the middle of Sienna (HOPEFULLY during the Palio) or somewhere in Tuscany or Florence and write to my heart’s content. 🙂

    • Susan May 2, 2011 at 4:39 AM #

      YES! That sounds luuuuverly!

  2. Rowenna May 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM #

    I love seeing polls like this–so fascinating to see how other writers engage with their writing! I did a little writing meme awhile back and loved seeing some of my friends’ responses to it–I’ll post it here in case anyone hasn’t had enough fun answering writing-habit questions yet!

    • Susan May 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM #

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing your link! I too think it’s crazy cool how we’re all so different–yet so very very similar. 😉

  3. Emery May 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM #

    I’d travel to Ireland! It’s not so exotic that I’d be distracted from writing, and the natural beauty that inspired such cliches like rolling hills and grassy knolls would similarly inspire me 🙂

    • Susan May 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM #

      Ooooh, that sounds very nice!! I love being inspired by cliches! I live beside an ancient wood with towering trees and mossy stones–it’s utterly standard yet wonderful!

  4. Dawn Brazil May 2, 2011 at 4:40 PM #

    I liked seeing how I ranked with other writers responses. Great post!

    • Susan May 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM #

      I know! Isn’t it fun comparing yourself (but comparing in a good way, of course)? 😀

  5. Nicole May 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM #

    I would like to have have a LONG deep talk to Ernest Hemingway about all his issues and how he liked to write them into books that high schoolers are now forced to read nowadays.

    • Susan May 3, 2011 at 3:48 AM #

      HAHA! High schoolers and college students. Alas, I was never a huge Hemingway fan–I think it was the machismo thing that got to me.

  6. Biljana May 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM #

    This is great! I always wanted to meet with writers who have a sort of pretentious public persona. You know, writers whose readers snub anybody who isn’t as “smart” or who just comes off as rigid and stereotypically “I’m so much better than you. You know nothing. I am a writer.”

    Always wanted to know if they were actually such douches 😛

    • Susan May 3, 2011 at 3:49 AM #

      Well, I can assure you I am one of those pretentious jerks, so if you want to hang out with me, I will be sure to put you down constantly and elevate myself–all while bemoaning how depressed I am at the lack of intellectuals in the world.

      In all honesty, I totally know what you mean! I’ve always wondered if Hemingway was as big a jerk as he seemed…

  7. Susan H. May 2, 2011 at 9:42 PM #

    In the next town over, there is an apartment that I would love to rent for the summer. The apartment is really just a room with a half bath and a kitchenette on the top floor of an old sawmill. It overlooks a mill pond where I’ve set some of my story. I can see myself sitting at the little desk and finally finishing my story.

    Alas the rent is beyond me.

    • Susan May 3, 2011 at 3:47 AM #

      Too bad–that sounds LOVELY! I always wish I could just flee and be left ALONE (doesn’t much matter where) when I write first drafts… A month holiday in an old sawmill sounds divine!!

  8. lbdiamond May 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM #

    Neat poll! I am working on setting up my library…when finished, that will be my writing space!

    • Susan May 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM #

      Oooh, a library! I am TOTALLY jealous!!!

  9. kreativekathleen May 6, 2011 at 2:42 AM #

    I’ve already informed my husband that when we move (hopefully within the next 6 months) I will require a designated writing space. 🙂 I’m still waiting for the day I can run away for a week to just write. Alas, with 3 kids under 6, though, that’s probably a LONG time off.

    • Susan May 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM #

      Ooohlala! Hubby had better listen. 😉 And yay for moving in 6 months! How exciting!

      I too want to run away, but I can’t–and I don’t have nearly the constraints you do! 3 kids under 6–holy moly!!

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