A Day in the Writing Life of Suzi Love – Romance Writers of Australia
On Friday, August 19, 2011, I was interviewed at the Romance Writers of Australia blog about my daily writing life. Thought you might like to read a few snippets and take a peak into my writing day.
Interviewer Suz Hamilton – Welcome and thank you for taking the time to participate on our blog. Another great volunteer, Suzi is our New Member Liaison Co-ordinator.
Where do you write? Do you have your own special place? Does the location vary?
Oooh, I love, love, love retreating to my ‘office’! I can cram it with books, decorate it with nonsensical doodads (pink of course!), email friends, chat on e-loops, cruise the web for photos of historical hunks, get lost for hours in historical research, yet still claim ‘I’m Working’! Sheer bliss!
What’s the first think you do before you begin to write?
I have to check all my emails first, so I’ve caught up with everyone’s news before I can concentrate on writing. Hate missing someone’s good news!
Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser? Do you edit as you go or prefer to edit after completion of the ms?
When I’m writing historicals, especially a series, there are far too many characters, titles, names of houses and estates etc for my muddled brain to remember, so I make endless lists and then roughly plot characters & possible titles and link them to balls, houses, or estates.
What writing tools do you favour? Long hand, computer …..
My laptop (Pink, of course) goes everywhere with me. My family joke I coordinate my outfits around the laptop glued under my arm.
Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?
I have a hinged tri-fold cork board. I adore Word’s Document Map for sorting chapters and scenes, then I use it to print out an ‘Outline View’, cut it up into chapters and scenes, and pin them to the corkboard and then shuffle around if I need to put a bit more sexual tension or something in earlier. It’s so much easier to see what needs to be moved where when an entire book is spread out in front of you.