Writing Process

I don’t actually have a writing process.

When I talk to other authors, I don’t feel like I’m a good representative of the writing life. I don’t even write every day! I’d like to, but some days I’m too beat or tired, and I need to sit on my couch and eat chocolate. Or, go to the grocery store and buy chocolate, then take it back to my apartment to eat it.

You get the idea.

Lately, I’ve been a lot better about writing. I’ve been coming home, turning on my laptop, setting my iPad up to play a Pandora playlist called “80s Pop Radio,” and banging out words. But my laptop, which I’ve been joking is “at death’s door” for the last two years, has an annoying habit of randomly freezing.

It’s time for a new computer.

I’ve had my MacBook Pro since 2006, when I transferred to Mills College. It’s been a big part of my life. I’ve edited movies on it (including the HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL book trailer), recorded songs on it (yes, I am an amateur songwriter), written novels on it (plural! novels plural!), and bookmarked tons of websites I’d be sad to lose but never visit anymore.

Anyway, it’s time for a new computer and a new writing process. My process is kind of in flux in these dangerous, computer-freezing times, so it’s a good time to change up my routine. Maybe face my desk in another direction. Maybe do free writing in a notebook before I start typing. Maybe buy Scrivner and play around with that.

Whatever happens, I’m excited for a change of pace.

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