No, Han - not that! Get your mind out of the gutter. :-)
Lady Peter sent me some questions that she thought might be interesting to put out to the blog followers-at-large. Some of them have already been answered in our "Ask Us Anything" series if you remember that. Let this also serve as a reminder that you can all still "Ask Us Anything!" and we'll put it out here.
So without any further ado, here are Lady Peter's musings:
1) Do you write on a computer? Tablet? Longhand and then transcribe?
2) When do you write? Early in the morning, at work, late at night? Only on weekends or on vacation?
3) Do you use a beta reader? What kind of editing processes do you go through before a beta, with a beta, or on your own?
4) Do you do other writing in your life or for work?
5) How long have you been writing fic? In general?
I'll kick things off by answering. (But remember, she doesn't just want to hear from me, so please oblige her and answer away):
1) I write on my computer. Although occassionally I'll take verbal notes on my iPhone "voice memo" thingy when something hits me in the middle of the night or while I'm driving. I have a horrific memory, so it's a necessity for me if I wish to remember something.
2) I usually write at lunch eating at my desk at work or late at night after hubby has fallen asleep (I can't write with an alert presence nearby). On weekends and vacation I'm usually busy with kids, husband and stuff, so not much writing there unless I get some unlikey time alone or I stay up all night (which I've been known to do).
3) I use a beta reader, although I sometimes think she rues the day that she offered to be my beta. I try my best to go through some editing before I send anything for a beta, although sometimes I'll send something fairly 'raw' just because I need advice or an opinion, or because I'm self-indulgent and just want somebody to look at my stuff! My beta reader is very patient with all of that kind of neediness. :-)
For dialogue, I find it's a good rule to say the words out loud after I've written them. LOTS of time that little exercise reveals stilted, unreal dialogue and gets me to reword it for more real life sounding speaking. Def a habit I would recommend for anyone writing dialogue. Also, I find time lends itself as a good self-beta reader also. Just a few days will allow me to find things that I couldn't after freshly penning something new.
4) I write technical policies and procedures at work all of the time. It's not as fun, believe me.
5) I started writing in 2010 and I can't believe it's been that long but then again that short of a time. It feels like I just started but like I've been doing it forever at the same time. :-)
So, that's it. Looking forward to your answers...