Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A storm on the horizon

It's storming here and I love storms. The loud clap of thunder, the flicker of lightening as it streaks across the sky and of course the sound of the rain as it pounds against the roof. There's just something untamed and unpredictable about storms. It's one of my favorite times to write.

Is there a particular time of day that you like to write? Is it early in the morning or late at night? How about outside under the shade of a tree?

I always had trouble with that one. I can never see the laptop screen outside. But at night is nice under the twinkle of the stars.

How about in your PJ's? I do that. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in writing, I forget to get dressed. Now that's bad, isn't it?? LOL.

Another favorite of mine is writing at the airport. Sounds strange, huh? Who would have thought that with all that commotion I could concentrate? But I think some of it has to do with pilots. I love watching them. They look so good in their uniforms. I guess that's why in my first book my hero was a pilot. Captain Daniel "Mac" Mackenzie. The typical navy pilot turned commercial pilot and all around womanizer...:) Gotta love those womanizers...LOL. They're so much fun to write...:)

In my third book, I went back to the pilot hero. This time with a little different twist.

Instead of being the womanizer, he's trying to correct a past mistake and win back his wife. Will he succeed? Maybe with a little help from his guardian angel...:)

Tell me where you like to write and you'll win your choice of whichever pilot story you want. And if you already have them, I'll let you pick something else. So don't be shy, tell me your dirty little writing secret...:)

Wickely yours,



Blogger Michelle said...

Morning Trista,

I write in bed, pillows propped against the headboard, laptop on one of those 'breakfast in bed' trays and notes scattered here, there, and everywhere.

I usually have opera playing in the background.

I write early morning - between 4:30 and 6:45 am and late at night - between 9:00 and 11:30 pm.

All of this goes out the window when I'm on a deadline though. With a deadline looming, you can find me just about anywhere I can plug in the laptop and get a few words down.

Michelle Hoppe

10:05 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Hey, Trista,

I have to write with no noise, so no music or TV. As for tiem, I usually write the most a couple of hours before DH comes home and asks, "How much writing did you get done today?"


10:59 AM  
Blogger Barbara K said...


I write whenever I can squeeze the time into my day. Lol! Mornings are my best, I'm more coherent after I've had a good night's sleep. Plus, I like to let my story ideas simmer overnight and I often dream about new chapters which give me fresh plotting ideas for the morning.

Interestingly enough, I hate to hurt or kill any of my characters. I used to have to wait until I had my period before I could sit down and write any scenes that involved graphic violence. LOL!

Barbara K.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Jenna Howard said...

I *cough* write best at work. (looks around nervously for the powers that be)

Maybe it's the steady thump of presses or the fact that when I get home the last thing I want to do is stare at computer after staring at one all day. Or this is when my brain is most alert. Not that I'm not doing my job. I am. It helps that it's ridiculously slow right now.

And I always need music in the background. Soundtracks and classical are a favorite although lately I've been on a Mmmmichael Bublé kick. Unless he sings Fever. Then I go into heat. Or Crazy Thing Like Love - then I need to boogie. (Well unless I'm at work...then I do the chair scoot.)

11:03 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

I write best in the morning after I've had my pain medication. I can write with noise but I can't read with noise.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Rae Morgan said...

I used to write late at night when it was quiet in my house, but with my husband's diabetic problems cropping up mostly at night -- I've switched to the afternoons after lunch and before he gets home. LOL On a good day (read "when he works late"), I can write on through supper.

I work at my desk in my office. Tried writing in bed on my lap top and started to develop at widow's hump and a permanent crick in my neck. Posture is everything, so I work at my desk.

Rae Morgan

11:12 AM  
Blogger Trista Ann Michaels said...

After I read Barbara's post I realized just how many times I've hurt my heroes. In three of my stories, I've even gone so far as to kill them. Hmmm. I never realized that until just now. Maybe secretly I hate men...LOL.

Mel, I'm right the opposite. I can read with music, but I can't write with it.

And I definately know what you guys mean about deadline...:) Put me on deadline and I'll write while I'm driving. Well, speak into a recorder anyway...:)

I've done the writing at work thing. Do you have problems with people wanting to read over your shoulder? That drives me crazy.


11:16 AM  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Hey, Trista!

I write in my office--mostly in the late morning for three or four hours--then I do my e-mail stuff and whatever. I begin again at about 10 at night and I go until at least 3 or 4 in the morning. Writing is my full-full time job. LOL

Sometimes I write to Rachmanioff--sometimes Def Leopard. LOL

Dakota :)

11:17 AM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Hi Trista, I like to write at my desk in the afternoon and at night when everyone's in bed.

11:22 AM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

During the school year I write from 4:30-6:30, and even longer some nights. During the day I write {cough/choke} at my desk on occassion and always on my lunch hour using my Palm Tungsten T-5 and foldable keyboard.

During breaks from le day job (yes...a school) I write for hours and hours, at all times of the day and night.

I listen to music from any of the LOTR soundtracks or Conan the Barbarian soundtrack (no kidding...it's incredible) if I'm going to listen to music while writing. I sometimes gauge my "get up from the desk" to stretch by the music.

I sometimes write in my sleep, too. I take "thinking naps" wherein I plot and quickly jot down notes before crashing while in a "dreamy" state.

Naps can be a writer's worst enemy--unless you utilize the time!

*writing is easy. all you do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood appear on your forehead*

11:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I have four kids, so trying to make "quiet time" to write is impossible. I cheat... I turn on a movie for the kids, sit down at the computer and just write whatever comes to mind. Sometimes it's venting about the kids & hubby (sometimes, there just those days that you really want the Calgon commercial)... Other times, the writings not too bad.

I have noticed, since I'm now taking a writing course, that when you're assigned to write something it just doesn't happen all that easily. I prefer to write for myself... a little shy about showing anyone my work. I admire all the writers that go out there and show the world their imaginations!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Hi all!

I don't write novels but i do write essays. Being a student those are frequent. I cannot work in any noise. i sit at my desk and type, notes and plans at the ready. even when i'm just generally working on the computer (chats etc) i need quite. i keep telling the family to close the door & turn down the volume on the telly! i can read with noise, but i find it distracting so prefer to read in quite.

have a good day everyone!


4:43 PM  
Anonymous shellya said...

Well, I'm a reader not an author. As a reader, I can read anywhere. But if I were an author I would probably write late at night when everyone is asleep. lol, that's the time I make my notes or "to do" lists. :)

5:45 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

mmmmm...yummy..got to love a pilot!

The only thing I write is my bills each month and that's done curled up on the couch. haha!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Kayelle Allen said...

I write at the pc but make notes everywhere. I record on my cell phone, on spiral 3x5 cards, the piece of scrap paper that wrapped an ice cream cone I just ate, gas receipts when I fill up... you name it.

Bottom line, I write anywhere I happen to be. My most productive work is when I'm alone at the pc. I close the door to my workroom (a bedroom no one uses since the kids are grown) and hang a sign outside that reads:

Please do not disturb me. I'm disturbed enough already!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

I'm not a writer, but I am a reader. My favorite place to read is in bed. I always have a book with me.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

Just a reader, and I can do that anywhere, anytime - though usually late at night to relax, with music playing softly in the background. Grew up with eight of us in a small house so it was always noisy and I became accustomed to background - usually need some kind of noise (tv or music) in the background to concentrate,

Any email, correspondence I usually catch up on late at night while playing music.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Hi Trista,

I like to write late at night on my Alphasmart, usually on the couch or on my oversized chaise. Sometimes I drag Alphie to B&N and grab one of their big chairs and type away. (If I take the laptop, I get tempted to surf with the wi-fi.


11:02 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...


I'm just a reader, not a writer. Any writing I do is usually reminder notes to myself! :) I write notes any time of the day or night when I remember something that needs doing.

Reading I can do anywhere, anytime - preferably when it's quiet.

Your books look like interesting reads - gotta love those pilots!

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi isabella and michelle!

i feel like i'm talking to myself. this crazy blog does not recognize so i have to post anonymous!

linda bass

1:50 PM  

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