On iPods…

I love my iPod. Sometime last year I got the crazy idea that every good writer needed an iPod. I am now a good writer, because I finally bought one. My life is now complete. You’ve seen me write about it before; writing and music go hand in hand. Writing and music are like peanut butter and jelly. Cake and ice cream. Fish sticks and custard. Yes, I know all of those analogies are about food… The great (a great) thing about iPods is the playlist section. I can make playlists for all the stories I am writing. It’s like a personalized soundtrack. I love it! I now have a playlist of songs I use when I am writing medieval/fantasy (Lord of the Rings, Enya, and Celtic music.) And surreal fantasy/science-fiction (Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri, Everything at Once by Lenka, and If I Die Young by The Band Perry.) I’m working on building playlists for when I write super hero stories, mysteries, comedy, and romance. It’s so much fun writing with music! Do you have a playlist for when you write? Or certain songs for certain stories you are working on?
My favorite song is Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfeild, an entire song about writing!


On Writer’s Retreats…

Camping; that sweet expedition into the cool of the forest on a mission to relax. Nature, fresh air, all the time in the world. And then there’s me, sitting at the picnic table on the laptop with earbuds in typing away furiously on a story. All the retired camper couples sniff their noses at me and my generation. But they don’t get it. I bet all you writers out there do. To sit in the fresh air and be unimpeded by work, school, to-do-lists, stress – and just write. There’s hardly anything like it in the world. A writer’s retreat. Just you, your writings, and… okay, just you and your writings. No internet. No television. No cell phone! (All right, I give in – no cell phone except for in case of emergencies. OMG texts from your friends don’t count as emergencies.) Sounds great, doesn’t it? But there is the trouble of making time to actually do it… sometime soon, or I might go insane! Do you have any special memories of a writer’s retreat? Or just your own retreat into writing?

On Writer’s Groups…

When you are a writer, there is almost no joy in the world like sharing your gift with others. You want everyone to have a chance to read what you write. With that comes the terrifying ‘what will they think of it?’ feeling. That’s why writer’s groups are so great! In writer’s groups you can share, critique, and learn. Learning to take advice from writers helps make your work better, and helps you with writers who ask for your advice. With the help of other writers, you will want to share more, and you won’t be as terrified of what people think of your writings. Hanging out with writers in real life or online can really help you grow as a writer. Here are the links to some writer’s forums. They are all really great and have threads to discuss writings – both your own and other’s.