First off... I have a confession - I LOVE Fall.
Easily my favourite season - the smells, the weather, the clothes, the drinks... it's just PERFECT. My creativity sky rockets in the Fall and Spring. Fall tops the list though - so when I came across this Fall Writing Tag - I knew it would be something fun to take part in.
Fall Writing Tag
1. Crunching Leaves | The Perfect Sound. What do you like listening to while writing?
Crunching leaves is truly the perfect sound. I like listening to music mixed with ambient noise - rain, thunderstorms or a fire crackling is the best. I need music while I'm in the drafting stage, it helps take away that pesky "self-doubt" voice and just allows me to focus the creation of the words onto the page.
2. Hot Bubbling Cider | What's your favorite thing to eat or drink while writing?
A hot cup Coffee for sure, with some caramel or vanilla creamer.... or a freshly brewed tea. I'm not a big eater when I'm writing... except for peppers and hummus or frozen red grapes (seriously, they are incredible!!). I like doing word sprints for drafting so stopping and eating disrupts the flow.
3. Bon Fires | The Perfect Night. Name your perfect writing conditions or your perfect writing night.
Cool breeze with rainy coming down outside, a window bringing in the Fall smells, a pumpkin scented candle burning away and a cup of coffee. That's basically perfection. Throw on a comfy pair of sweats and rainymood.com - the PERFECT writing night.
4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte | Something you used to like but now you dread.
Edits for sure. I liked doing edits in University for papers because that meant it was almost done, the final polishing touches. Now, it's just edits - after edits -after edits - with a book, so it's a bit tedious, but so worthwhile, it's just the least exciting part of the process for me.
Book cover artwork is also on the same level of dread - I loved art in school - but designing / creating a concept for a book cover is the a daunting task.
5. Halloween | (my favorite holiday) Your favorite part of writing a novel.
Outlining and Drafting.... I know, that's two favourites... but I can't decide.
The Type-A perfectionist side of me LOVES the starting of a new project, getting it set-up organizing all my ideas, and flushing out the the little gems in order to create a book.
The creative side of me LOVES the drafting stage. I have my outline, which is simple, and then I run with it. It's so incredibly freeing at least for the first draft, to just not care about the words. - As I go through the book, ideas spark, and just lends itself to building into something bigger, and better than I could have ever plotted. Those moments of inspiration - truly an indescribable feeling.
6. Monsters & Goblins | What terrifies you most while writing / drafting a novel?
The self-doubt. I'm not so worried about plot holes, editing, any of that - I know that will get fixed through edits and other drafting stages. Seriously, the self-doubt can be parlaying for the creativity - I've learned to just keep pushing on, and acknowledge that you're feeling that way, but don't stop pursuing your dreams.
7. Hay Rides | A Bumpy Ride. What do you do to get over a writers block or get inspired?
Take a break. I love getting outside, listening to music, going for a run, or doing any monotonous chores. It's amazing how when you step-away for a short period and just allow your brain to be "free" - the ideas will come, at the most random times.
My biggest advice is to always write them down. No, SERIOUSLY... you won't "remember it later"- write the idea down. There has been plenty of times when I've been out driving, out with friends, doing dishes or even watching a show, and some idea will spark that is perfect for a scene or a whole novel idea.
8. Haunted Houses | World Building. What are some tips you have on crafting the perfect world?
The season - I find a lot of inspiration in crafting a scene or the setting/world itself in deciding on a season of the year. Then it's easy to pull in what you want the reader to experience and feel. Scent is also a HUGE way to tap in to this atmosphere at least while drafting, a scented candle always does the trick for me.
Fun Fact: I have designated certain candles to the books I've written - I know when I ever I light that particular scent I am able to flip in to that world.
9. Pumpkins | It all starts with a pumpkin! Do your story ideas start with characters, plots, setting or something else?
This one is super difficult. It all depends. generally it's from a plot idea or a setting, that I can't shake out of my brain - then usually a main character reveals themselves.
10. Ghost Stories | Share a spooky writing prompt!
"A man's dwelling is invaded by the ghost's of his dead family members stretching back for generations who all want him to compete certain tasks before they can rest in peace, but he refuses... at first." From - The Writer's Idea Thesaurus | p.186
Thanks - Alexandra Roselyn for creating this tag!!
I Tag | Krista Olsen & Samantha Davidson
Original Tag Creator | Alexandra Roselyn
Here are some festive and Fall Images from around my city | Calgary, AB