Hello all! My name is Ellen and I’m an aspiring author who sometimes writes adult, sometimes YA, but always contemporary. (Much as I love fantasy and all its sub genres, I simply don’t have the brain for it.)
I’ve recently graduated from college, so I’m still getting used to writing in the ‘new’ environment that is my parents’ house. When I am hard at work, you can find me on the family room couch, usually sitting smack dab in the middle and taking up too much space. I have a journal and my cell phone off to one side, just so I don’t have to get up off the couch to go scavenging for those things later.
I can and do write basically any time except mornings when I first wake up. Today might be the exception to the rule, but this is a blog post and not fiction so it feels a little more doable. But I digress. My favorite time to write is after lunch to when my family starts coming home from work. Maybe it’s because I’m still mentally on a college schedule, but mid afternoon is my most productive time.
Though I don’t usually drink or eat while I’m working, I do love to have music on, depending upon the project. The novel I’m currently querying was written and revised almost entirely while music played in the background. When I actually have new things to listen to on YouTube, I’m there. If not, I find that my iTunes or Stereomood works just fine for providing an endless stream of songs while I’m in the middle of a scene.
The manuscript you guys are probably going to become familiar with during this contest is the first thing I’ve ever seriously sought publication for. Because I started writing it so long ago, I’m a little vague on where I got the idea. What I do remember is that I had two characters who I smooshed together to make my FMC. The story just sort of built itself around her from there.
My most valuable writing tip, and the one that’s served me well, is to try and write a little every day. I know that’s not suitable and (for people with busier lives than myself) not possible for everyone, but when I was in school, that was the only reason I finished anything.
So as not to ramble, I’ll cut myself off here. If anyone stopping by this blog today has any questions, just ask!