Friday, August 31, 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Greet Post

I'm participating in GUTGAA, and today we're posting our meet and greets! So here's the short Q&A for me:

Where do you write?
At my desk at home.

Go to your writing space, sit down, and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A blank, white wall. I look down and see my printer.

What genre do you write?
Adult fantasy.

What's your favorite time to write?
Whenever I get the chance. If I'm on a good sleeping schedule I'm more productive in the mornings, and write a little at night to keep my book in mind while I sleep. I find lots of problems work themselves out and I wake up with the answers.

Drink of choice while writing?
Water. I hardly drink anything else, writing or not.

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Silence. Sometimes my children and husband are playing so loudly I retreat to the basement.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
Stories just pop in my head without any clear source on inspiration. Sorry if that's uninteresting.

What's your most valuable writing tip?
Keep learning. Whether you're watching online lectures, reading books on writing and editing, going to conferences, or just reading writer's blogs, keep learning. While practice makes perfect, these tools will tell you what to practice, and jump you forward.

Hello fellow GUTGAA participants! And to my normal readers, I'm going to change the pace for my blog (again). See the new schedule in the sidebar. See you tomorrow!


  1. Hi Laura! Glad to see another fantasy writer on here. So nice to meet you!

  2. I agree with you about continuing to learn about our craft. Excellent advice. I'm your newest follower. Very nice to meet you!


  3. I need to drink more water. I just love diet coke too much...

    So nice to meet you!

    1. Occasionally I get on a root beer binge and have that problem as well. Nice to meet you, too!

  4. Nice to meet you, always great to meet another adult fantasy author =)

  5. Hi Laura! Nice to *meet* you. I totally agree with your advice about continuous learning, and yes I have seen Brandon Sanderson's lectures. They are amazing!

  6. To keep learning--that's a great tip! I'm always researching and looking for great advice, lectures, and writing opportunities. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and good luck with GUTGAA!

  7. I have a blank wall next to me as well. It's on the other side from the unmade bed...

  8. Great to meet you! I love your writing tip. It's so true...there's always something more to learn!

  9. I actually love the fact that ideas just come to you. I'm the same way! Here's to having lots of crazy people in our heads for a long time! :)

  10. Hi, I love fantasy, too. I'm also your 11th follower. Woohoo! Nice to meet you and good luck with GUTGAA. Stop by and say hello if you get the chance.

  11. True about the craft advice. There's tons of stuff online for free, really great blogs and resources. The conference connection is pretty great if you can afford it. I've only been to one, but I go to a lot of free author signings at my local indie bookstore and I've made writer connections there.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved your tip. You can never know absolutely everything there is to know. Especially in the writing world when so much of it is opinion based. Happy GUTGAA!

  13. Hello fellow GUTGAA'er. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad to see you write Adult Fantasy as well. I hope to hear more about your WIP.

  14. Sorry I'm late in commenting - thanks for stopping by! I don't know what I'd do if my son didn't nap. Although now that we're in Russia I'm going to be working part time (and I can afford a nanny full time!). I agree with you - never stop learning! I try to tell myself that's why I don't have an agent yet. By the time I do, I'll be very well educated :)

  15. My ideas come out of thin air too so it's definitely not boring. The characters just jump into your head sometimes and I just go with it. It might be a 'boring' answer to some, but there's no one way of going about it. The ideas I have that have been inspired by something usually end up jotted in a notebook that finds it's way under my bed...

  16. Your writing tip is so true - every minute you're not writing is an opportunity to learn (spoken like a true nerd with OCD :) ) Good luck with GUTGAA

  17. I really enjoyed this, Laura. Have you tried shoving the hubby and kids in the basement? ;)