Sep 3, 2012

GUTGAA - Introduction

First, there were some really interesting comments about the first person present point of view question from Friday - if you haven't had a chance, I'd for you to read what some of the people have said and have you share your thoughts.

Second, my internet and phone fritzed out on me Friday so I haven't got back to people - I'm hacking into my mother in law's WiFi to write this post.  I *should* be up again by Tuesday...(if not, someone might die).  It's funny how I haven't had TV (personal choice) for a few weeks and that hasn't bugged me but going without the internet is making me crazy.

Today is the first official participating day of Gearing Up to Get an Agent blogfest!!!  As part of this, we get to participate in a meet and greet, answering the few questions created by the incredible Deana Barnhart.  Seriously, she is taking the idea of *southern hospitality* to a whole new level with all the background work she put in for this.  If you don't know her yet, you need to.  You will thank me later.

Getting to know me :)


-Where do you write?
Right now, wherever I can find a place - most often the dining room table.  I am in the works of adding a little writer's nook in my house, you know, where I can close the door and shut out the world.  But to combat this I have been writing at 5:00 in the morning, but it is cutting into my planned workouts.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
The kids art station - we have an easel and kids kits and papers that aren't quite projects yet.

-Favorite time to write?
Mornings.  If I didn't have a job, I'd send the kids on their way and write, but I am trying to train myself to write better at night.

-Drink of choice while writing?
Diet Coke, with a side of Diet Coke.

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
If I have music, it is classical - my current favorite is Dido's Lament - the version by Sissel gets me every time.  If there are words in English when I am writing, I tend to forget what I'm writing, or worse, I write the lyrics from the song and that doesn't go well.  I also really like the absolute stillness of a morning (Have you figured out I'm a morning person yet?)

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I was having a conversation with my high school creative writing class about what people who have died can feel - like if you decide to get creamated, are there souls in heaven running around talking about how hot it is?  This lead to a bit of a more serious/less weird idea that I have been working with since. It's amazing how helping people discover their creativity allows me to discover mine.

-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Don't quit.  Sure, the writing might suck right now, but that can be fixed.  Sure, you can't always get things done as fast or brilliantly as you would like, but if you stop you won't either.  Put your fingers on the keyboard, write the words and keep moving because you won't ever achieve your dreams thinking about them.

That's it for me - jump over here to meet Deana and see the others participating in this part of the blogfest.  

What is your current favorite song to listen to while writing?  




61 comments :

Kyra Lennon said...

Your MS sounds super interesting!

Have a great time during GUTGAA! :D

VikLit said...

Your MS sounds really interesting!

I love hearing where people's inspiration came from ;)

Candilynn Fite said...

Hi, Tasha! My favorite sister's name is Tasha! (I have four and my baby sis is my fav. but shh, don't tell anyone!.)

Love your writing tip. So you're a creative writing teacher? If so, please accept this (((cyber hug))), it's because of mine 23 years ago, that I accepted my creative muse, and allowed them to play in my head. Yeah, I used to think I was crazy! But, Mrs. Casky told me to write, and I did.

Candilynn Fite said...

Oh, during the ms, which I've recently written The End, I listened to country music. Come a Little Closer Baby by Dierks Bentley comes to mind immediately. I'm not even a county music fan, I prefer the soulful sounds of Norah Jones, etc.

Misha Gericke said...

Oooh I have tons, but a safe bet would be something by Muse or 30 Seconds to Mars. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No Internet of my own for more than a day would make me nuts.
Pesky day job. Always getting in the way of our writing.

Donna K. Weaver said...

These are great, Tasha! I did this last and had a ball. Good luck with it all.

G. Donald Cribbs said...

Dear Tasha,

Nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading your answers. I'm not much of a "playlist while I write" kinda person, but if I were, I'd go to instrumental,too. Words are too distracting. Probably the soundtrack to the movie, The Mission.

Happy Writing! Warm regards,

Don #138

Emily White said...

Great answers, Tasha! It's so fun getting to know everyone a little bit more. :)

Carrie-Anne said...

Showing how weird I am, one of my favorite songs to listen to while writing is The Beatles' "Revolution No. 9" on repeat. It's been awhile since I've listened to it, since most of my CDs are in storage in my so-called fiancé's parents' basement.

Emily R. King said...

I used to get up in the morning, pop a Diet Coke, and settle down at my computer to write. Sound familiar? :)
Now that I'm nursing it's a Diet Caffeine Free Coke. I miss the buzz.

Pk Hrezo said...

Hey Tasha! That was a great discussion last Thursday. Your story sounds great--love that idea!
I don't have a fave song, but with my last ms I've been listening to The Silent Force a lot. :D

Kathleen said...

I went four days without internet recently and just about went on a rampage! I'm not much a TV watcher anymore either. If it's on, it's usually background noise and nothing else, thought I do have nights where I sit with Hubs to watch our favorite shows or a movie.
I love the idea behind your MS! That really got me thinking. Now, I'm going to be wondering about it all day=)
As for music, right now I'm on a Fun. kick.

Jessie Humphries said...

I bet teaching English has all sorts of benefits that help in writing. I am jealous because I would love to work with students. And Diet Cokers Unite!!!

Angie Sandro said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiration and advice. I'm a diet coke fan, too.

Fel Wetzig said...

Hi Tasha. That's an interesting premise. I look forward to hearing more from you.

S.P. Bowers said...

A writing nook would be amazing!

Beth said...

Hello Tasha!! *waving*

Jess Stork said...

I really enjoyed your writing tip, Tasha. It's great to be reminded that perseverance pays off in writing.

Unknown said...

Hi, Tasha! I'm also an educator although I left the high school and moved to the college level two years ago and love it. It's great to meet people through events like these. For some reason, won't accept my OpenID. Oops-here's who I am.

Dawn Allen
dawnall.wordpress.com

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Let’s see… I don’t have a current favorite song to listen to when I’m writing, but then again, I’m more in the middle of editing than writing right now. Music does wonders to the mind. I can’t imagine life as a writer without it. =)

Kelley Lynn said...

Man, I am so in awe of you morning writers. My characters don't get up that early ;)

My current favorite writing song is Wild Horses by Natasha Bettingfield. The song is actually used in mine and Jens' story that is out on submission.

meredithmansfield said...

Hi from a fellow GUTGAA participant.

I don't usually listen to music while working on a first draft (like I am now--or should be, anyway), but I sometimes listen to classical music while doing revisions, too. Small world.

J. A. Bennett said...

I would love to come sit in on your class an pretend to be a teenager for a day :)

Livia said...

I agree don't quit! Us, writers we gotta shoot for the stars and that's what we're striving for! :)

Diana said...

I loved the part about writing the lyrics! If I yell at the kids while I'm reading, 'll end up saying the word I'm currently on. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Edillon said...

I have to write in silence or I am distracted. I only focus on the lyrics. Lol. I'm also a morning person. Usually up somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30. I have moved my workouts to the evening. It's so hard to fit everything in! Nice to meet you!

Melissa Sugar said...

Intriguing inspiration for your current MS. I have talked to others about that same topic before. I used to tell people that I do not want to be cremated because of my fear of fire. Of course, everyone is like, "you will be dead. You won't feel it." Even so, the idea sends chills up my spine.

Interesting answers. I am a night person. You have to drag me out of bed in the morning, but I am also a diet coke addict.

Melissa Sugar said...

Intriguing inspiration for your current MS. I have talked to others about that same topic before. I used to tell people that I do not want to be cremated because of my fear of fire. Of course, everyone is like, "you will be dead. You won't feel it." Even so, the idea sends chills up my spine.

Interesting answers. I am a night person. You have to drag me out of bed in the morning, but I am also a diet coke addict.

Rhiann Wynn-Nolet said...

Hi Tasha - I always wanted to be Natasha (Bullwinkle) and I adored Tasha Tudor as a child, so we named our first daughter, yup, Tasha. Oh, and the MC in my most recent ms falls in love with a dead boy so I got to explore what I thought the dead might be able to sense. Best of luck at GUTGAA - I just found out about it and have been scrambling since my blog is only two weeks old. But do come say hi! http://rhiannwynnnolet.blogspot.com/

Lara Schiffbauer said...

How nice to meet you! I am jealous you're a morning person. I try to be, but it's always a struggle... :)

SStokes said...

Hi Tasha! Great to meet you. Nice little blog you've got here. :-) I also love writing to classical music. Something about it brings me to my happy place. Looking forward to seeing you around the GUTGAA blog scene this month!

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

Hello from GUTGAA. I admire your 5am wake up to write. I sleep in until the kids wake me which is usually by 6, although I never seem to tire of the sunrise.
A2Z Mommy and What’s In Between

Jenny said...

I, too, love the stillness of the morning. And I agree about not being able to write to lyric-ed music very well. I always end up not writing and just singing along. It's a bit of a problem.

Great to meet you!
Jenny M. Herrera

jennymherrera.com
jennymherrera.wordpress.com

Jeannette said...

If you figure out how to train yourself to write better at night, make sure you let me know the secret. 5pm rolls around and I'm completely brain-dead. Nice to meet you!

Nicole said...

Awesome answers, Tasha! Looking forward to GUTGAA.

Robin said...

Another morning writer! Yay! And I'm one of those crazy, write to silence or a white noise machine person:)

Leslie S. Rose said...

Hello fellow teacher and GUTTAA blogfester. I go nuts grading all my 5th grade writing - how do you keep your sanity with the high school demands. Yikes. I'm hooked on the Les Mis soundtrack right now for my writing.

Jessica L. Foster said...

Not quitting is great advice. And the idea that you had about the dead feeling is very intriguing. I'd never thought of something like that, but it's very interesting. I bet it will make a great book.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

Ooh - I would love a writing nook. That sounds lovely!

A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer said...

The conversation which led to your latest MS sounds intense! Definitely something I'd never even considered, even though my latest completed MS deals with reincarnation, haha.

Deana said...

Thanks for the sweet compliment! I think if I could listen to music while writing it would be without words like you. The words completely distract me because I want to sing along. Not much works get done that way:)

Joshua said...

I like to write at night when everyone else is asleep. Unfortunately, it's hit or miss if the kids drive me over the edge.

Anabel González said...

Hi!
I’m hopping over from GUTGAA and reading all the meet & greet questions. I love to meet other authors. Nice to meet you! Good luck with the contest...

Anabel

Larissa said...

Nice to meet you! I'm currently searching for a writing space of my own, as well. My husband is working on an office for me upstairs, but it looks like it'll be at least a year before that's done. *sigh*

My current favorite writing music is One More Night by Maroon 5 (no problem with songs with words here. LOL)

Angela Cothran said...

I love that you teach creative writing :) If I was closer I would crash your class.

Johana Vera said...

Hi! Lovely to meet you!
Almost the same thing happens to me if I listen to music while writing. You should check my post, I talk a litle about it there ;D
Well, read you around!

D. D. Falvo said...

Hi Tasha! I used to write in the dining room, dreaming of a nook and then we fixed up the attic and my dream came true. I hope you get your nook, soon! :)

A.M.Supinger said...

...mmmhmm...diet coke...

Good luck with GUTGAA!

Paula Sangare said...

Hi Tasha,
I really like your writing tip, when I first started my MS my biggest problem wondering if my work was good. I drove my husband crazy with .."how does this sound?":)

Stacey Nash said...

Hi Tasha,

Great Advice, bad words are better than no words - we grow as we write!
Good luck in GUTGAA

Angelina C. Hansen said...

The Sound of Silence. Ha! The chatter in my brain is enough to deal with. ^_^

Best wishes with GUTGAA!

lizhellebuyck said...

OMG.People in heaven talking about the heat. Love it!

Nice to meet you.

Virginia Boecker said...

Hi Tasha! I love your ms idea - super creative. I too have to exercise before I write. Gets the ya-yas out! Good luck with GUTGAA!

Mia Celeste said...

I think if you write in different places it can add to your creativity.
I'm a Diet Coke drinking too although I'm trying to cut down on soda. I also like your writing tip. :) Thanks.

http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2012/09/deana-barnharts-gearing-up-to-get-agent.html

Nicole Zoltack said...

Excellent advice! Quitters never accomplish anything.

Michael Sirois said...

Hi, Tasha--

Ha! Diet Coke with a side of Diet Coke. (Humor - LOL).

Glad to "meet" you. Your writing advice is great. It's what I have to keep reminding myself when I get tired of the grind.

Enjoy the rest of GUTGAA.

Michael

Lauren said...

Hey Tasha!

I feel you on the diet coke addiction...mine drug of choice is diet rootbeer (with a coffee chaser since there's no caffeine in it!)

Tamara said...

Hi Tasha,

Great answers. I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's blog's on GUTGAA. I was actually inspired to finally start one, which has been up for a whole day now. ;)

Hmmm...favorite song to listen to while writing? I'd have to say anything on my current book playlist. I really love, "Jolene" The version by the White Stripes. One of my favorite scenes in my book was written to that song. :)

Anyway,it's nice to meet you. If you could stop by my blog that would be awesome. It's www.onemagicbeanbuyer.blogspot.com

Tricia Skinner said...

Nice to meet you!

Trish
GUTGAA

Dr. Margaret Aranda said...

So nice to meet you through GUTGAA! Love the black and white on your blog ~ sweet!

Dr Margaret Aranda, Author
www.girlpowerinamm.blogspot.com
www.drmargaretaranda.blogspot.com