Last year, Jeff Goins interviewed me on the subject of writing. I’m publishing the complete, unedited interview on the blog in three installments. Whether you are an author, a blogger, or someone who likes to post long notes on Facebook, I hope you will be inspired by the interview.
Do you have any funny quirks or tricks to get you in the mood to write? Or can you just start?
I was afraid you would ask that. Before I write, I drink a pint of Absinthe followed by a friendly atomic knee drop to my cat (which she loves).
Actually, I only do two things when I write:
(1) I’ll often light a candle on my desk (Peppermint, Jasmine Sea Salt, Honeydew Melon, and Apple Vanilla are favorites).
(2) Turn off everything that has sound. I need absolute quiet when I write. So no background music, no television or radio, etc.
So a candle and absolute quiet. Those are the ingredients that work best for me. I do most of my writing on my desktop (I use a Logtech G15 keyboard which lights up at night along with a G9 Mouse which has adjustable weights in it). Writing on a laptop is more difficult, so I don’t do any serious writing on it. I use Word 2007 to write articles, books, and blog posts.
Your mileage may vary, of course.
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