1. It takes a long time for me to write. An hour per page is pretty standard.
2. I write better if I have brief distractions, such as looking up a word in the online thesaurus or changing my writing music. Anything much longer, however, and I can’t get back into it.
3. Accountability is huge – having a writing partner who expects a chapter by a certain deadline has done wonders.
4. My critiquer friend says the punctuation mark I overuse is the long dash. I personally think I also overuse the ellipsis.
5. During NaNoWriMo they tell you just to write – good words, bad words, and ugly words – but I can’t. If I know I’ve been writing badly, I have to fix it or I get progressively worse.
6. I’ve started several books that aren’t fantasy, but I rarely finish them.
7. One of my favourite parts of writing is breaking the so-called “rules”.
8. I hate writing in public places because I always feel like someone’s looking over my shoulder and reading what I’m working on.
9. I absolutely love putting new twists on genre cliches.
10. I can’t begin a new book without a basic middle plotted out. Without that, I’m almost certain to burn out.
11. I share each new chapter with my group of best friends, all of whom are also writers. (Actually, it’s weird because my new friends often turn out to be writers without my having known it at first.)
12. Ideas come from ANYWHERE. Crazy, random, stupid, epic ideas.
13. Working with other writer friends, brainstorming and writing together, is amazing.
14. For each book I work with just one music album and change it up for the next book. (Starscape was written to the soundtrack from Return of the King, Seascape to Two Steps from Hell’s Skyworld and Two Steps from Heaven.) I generally can’t reuse previous albums because they remind me too much of the books I wrote to them.
15. I get super excited about my own stories.
16. I can feel my writing improve with each new book I write.
17. I almost always end up chewing on my tongue whilst I work. (I hate chewing on my tongue.)
18. I love drawing my own maps, with all their intricacies (and maps don’t overtax my minimal drawing skills, and probably actually improve them).
19. If I’m in the mood to accomplish a lot of writing, I often end up writing for the entire afternoon.
20. Whilst I’m working on one book, I’ve probably got well-worked-out plots for at least the next two.
Bonus: Writing is the best job in the world.