…I will drink if I am thirsty or eat if I am hungry. However, that requires me to be enough aware of my body to know if I need food and enough in reality to remember long enough to do something about it. This isn’t a problem if I’m procrastinating, but my husband has been known to make me tea and set snacks in front of me so I won’t have to interrupt the ink flow to do it myself.
…TV is a death sentence. Music sometimes helps me focus and sometimes destroys my focus. It can’t nag pull my attention away from my story. If a character I’m writing has a favorite artist or genre, listening to that helps me get in their heads and find the atmosphere of the story. I’ve listened to a lot of Japanese music while working on my Japan-set urban fantasy novel. When in doubt, silence is golden.
…I can’t wait for inspiration. With so many stories in my head, there’s always something for me to do. I try to write every day because bad things happen when I don’t (see this post). And I save EVERYTHING.
Why do I save EVERYTHING?
So glad you asked.
When I first write something, my perception is skewed. Something I think is amazing and wonderful, I come back to it later and discover it’s really crap. And sometimes a bit I thought was awful and should never again see the light of day turns out to be mind-blowingly spectacular. I can’t trust my initial impressions of my own work.
Thanks for awesome questions, Phil!