My Writing Pattern

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Hey there readers and writers…

Some of you may be curious about my writing process and how I go about writing my books every day. It is quite simple really. I usually don’t get started until midnight because I’m much too busy during the day unless I somehow manage to squeeze it into my schedule. I usually use a laptop computer. I practically live on my laptop and would cry real tears if it got stolen or broken. Or maybe even hurt somebody if they even tried to do anything to it. That’s how much I love my computer people…deal with it.

I often listen to either the sound of rain from a sound generator or my favorite music which usually consists of old 60’s and 70’s classic rock, to 90’s and current alternative music. I also find that classical music from Mozart or Chopin also has a great effect on my writing. As you can see, my musical taste is diverse. Especially since I am indeed African American. You would probably expect me to be listening to the latest rap or r&b song but no. That’s not my style. I am very old school and grew up listening to a lot of different kinds of music. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rap and R&B as well but not today’s version of it. But that’s another story for another time. Like I said…old school rules!

When I write, I usually try to set small goals for myself. Five pages or more per night. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t. It depends on how tired I am and how my flow goes. I write and try to allow the story to write itself and if it doesn’t, I know that I must try something different. When the story writes itself, it is pure magic and I can’t even begin to explain to you what that feels like. It is the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced next to falling in love. Only another writer understands what that feels like. You can’t force it; you can’t plan it…it just happens. My last novel The Blood Oath wrote itself and that’s why it is good. The best way to write a story is to not write the story. Let the story write itself. If you can do that than you have a gift and no one can teach you how to write. You can learn good grammar and spelling and even edit but you can’t learn how to write a story. It is either a part of you or it isn’t. Like singing or dancing. And you will know if it is, if you’d rather write than do anything else in the world.

I usually write until I go to bed at 1:30 am and then I just lay there trying to turn my mind off. That part is very difficult for writers. I usually watch Netflix until I doze off lol. I know, the life of a writer is not normal but what can I say…neither am I.

Until next time…