W is for Writers? Who? What? Where? Why?

I’ve been rambling on for almost a month now about motivation, encouragement, and excuses. Most of the problems I’ve discussed are things I’ve come across when writing but now I want to hear what problems you face. What’s your UberGod of Procrastination™? How do you force yourself to have bum in seat, fingers on keyboard, and eyes on screen?

Are there any particular tips or tricks you’d like to share? Ways of ensuring you get your daily word count done? Or any tried and tested methods that ensure you finish a chapter a week or a rough draft in a month? Maybe you know the secret to adding a thousand words a day or maybe you want to scare people into getting that novel finished.

Whatever your advice or experiences I’d like to hear from you. I want to know what makes you tick…or more accurately what makes you write. What spurs you on? What makes you plonk your bum down and crack on with your writing?

Who are you?

What do you write?

Where do you sit and create?

Why do you do it?


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  1. I am Pamela Skjolsvik, pronounced like Dr. Scholls with a vik on the end. It’s Norwegian. I’m an INFP and I like Hot Tamales and coffee. Lots of coffee.
    I write creative nonfiction–essays, memoir etc. I don’t like to make stuff up as I believe the truth is stranger than fiction. Okay, maybe not Zombies.
    I sit at the desk in my bedroom and write on a crappy Acer computer.
    I do it because I like to tell stories, make people laugh, or shock them or both at the same time.

    1. Lot’s of coffee, always a winner! Nice to ‘officially’ meet you, Pam!

      And I agree the truth is most definitely stranger than fiction, but in fiction I can write about time-traveling ninja zombie monkeys!!

  2. I’m Jessica Topper, ex-librarian turned rock n roll number-cruncher. I went from books to bookkeeping – but fiction writing has always been my passion.

    Most of my stories have a musical slant – think Nick Hornby in a push-up bra (unless that upsets you). I just finished my first full-length women’s fiction effort and have begun a quasi-sequel, plus I’ve got a quirky little vampire story in the works from NaNoWriMo. I’m sure the world needs another vampire story like it needs a hole in the head (or 2 holes in the neck). But it’s been fun to craft.

    Social networking has become the ninja zombie monkey on my back – I have to do a lot of it for the band I work with, but of course my own sites suck me in as well. Need to find a balance!

    My bum can be found (most often) in a kitchen chair, laptop on table. If I’m feeling wild and crazy, I might move to the couch to write. But a lot of my plotting takes place off paper, out of the house. In the car, mostly.

    I write because it is therapeutic and relaxing – to me it’s the equivalent of a hot stone massage, aaaahhh. Only cheaper!
    Thanks for letting me ramble!

  3. I am The Golden Eagle online and an undisclosed name in real life.

    I write Science Fiction and Fantasy, though will branch out into other genres if the mood strikes me.

    I write in an office chair in front of a mostly-organized desk.

    I write because fiction allows me to express myself and non-fiction is a good challenge.

    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle’s Aerial Perspective

  4. Awesome post idea, Steven!

    I’m Tracy L. Brown, writer, dreamer, determined, and type A. I live in Upstate NY with three males. Two are four-legged.

    Right now I’m writing in the amateur sleuth genre, with a hint of paranormal. I avoid zombies, but I’m not above kicking a bad guy in the stomach or the occasional explosion.

    I work out of a home office, but in summer, when the southwestern sun hits my window, I head downstairs. I write at the dining room table when I need a change of scenery.

    Why do I do it… I asked this question in my U post. If I stripped it down to one word: Curiosity.

    Yeah. 🙂

  5. Guilie Castillo here, 39-yr-old Mexican living in the Caribbean island of Curaçao. I write lit-fic (yeah, I’m one of *those*) full of quirky humans that dig deep (deeper… no, deeper… a little more…) into culture-clash issues. And because I’m a girl, and apparently that’s what we do, there’s a lot of lovelorn despair woven into it. I sit and create @ dining room table, surrounded by my dogs and with a view to the muddy expanse I will one day turn into a Garden of Eden. Why do I subject myself to the blank page? Because it’s my way of understanding the world–and, hopefully, of helping the world understand itself, too.

    Tips & tricks? Write. Blocked, busy, lazy? Whatever. *Write*. It’s the only answer–it’s the only question, too.

  6. I’m Stephanie. I sit down every day to work on my novel and end up playing on my blog instead. Oops.

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