Definitely a plotter – if I don’t have a detailed outline I flounder, but when I know where I’m headed (much like a map) the writing flows easily.
MS: What is your favorite part of your writing process, and why?
I love the plotting – coming up with the twists and turns, is just so much fun. Plus I get to know my characters really well.
MS: What is the most challenging part of your writing process, and why?
Editing… because it’s editing…
MS: Can you share your writing routine?
When I’m writing a novel, I spend about an hour per night writing, and then on the weekend I try to have a nice block of 6-8 hours writing.
MS: Have you ever gotten writer’s block? If yes, how do you overcome it?
Yes, when I don’t have an outline, lol. So when I’m blocked, it’s usually because I haven’t fleshed out the scene beforehand. To overcome this, I just go back and plot the scene out in more detail.
MS: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Just keep going.
MS: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have a fair few unfinished ones – in my earlier days when I didn’t plot out the novel, I would write all steam ahead, until I hit around 15,000 to 20,000 words, then I wouldn’t know where to go, and I’d just stop. Thankfully, I’ve worked out what works now for me.
MS: Do you have any writing quirks?
I make up a playlist/soundtrack for my novel, before I even start plotting it out. Then when plotting I listen to the music, and then when I write, it gets me straight back into that headspace. Oh and I also burn some lovely aromatherapy oils while I write too.