For those of you who are wondering what GUTGAA means, it is a program currently being hosted over on Deana Barhart’s blog. Essentially it is a premise organizing writers to Gear Up To Get An Agent – thus the acronym GUTGAA!
This week as part of the program, Deana is hosting a bloghop with all the participants. Our marching orders are to introduce ourselves to fellow participants in a cyberspace meet and greet. I’m looking forward to meeting fellow writers who are on the same quest as I am – connect with that ever-elusive agent who wants to represent your work.
Here are my details…
First off I must answer a frequent question I get about my blog – what the *$#@ does the name mean? Well, honestly the title comes from an inside joke. I have always done things in my own time and in my own way (this is what happens when you’re the youngest of five). I’ve never been afraid to take on challenges or new adventures no matter how crazy they might seem.
In my early twenties, I frequently just got in my car or hopped on a plane and went to new places all on my own. After college, I drove to LA, and not really knowing a soul, got a job at NBC. It was a wild time and while many others questioned if I was “losing it,” I simply dug my heels in, because I knew I was on the adventure of a lifetime. So my blog name comes from my attempt to always “chase the crazy” dream I am plotting next – currently that is becoming a published author.
Where do I write?
I have a cozy place tucked away in my house that gets copious amounts of natural light and looks out onto a handful of citrus trees. I’ve tried to write in coffee shops and bookstores, but it never works for me. Unfortunately, I am way to easily distracted by the coffee aromas and the lure of a new hardback book.
At my writing space, if I look the left, what do I see?
A wall. Yes, I know, not very inspiring.
Favorite time to write?
Early morning – seems to be when my creative juices are always flowing.
Drink of choice?
Coffee – always.
Do you listen to music when you write or do you need complete silence?
It depends. If I’m writing an action or love scene, that always seems to beg for music. If it’s time to write a lot of dialogue though – there must be complete silence.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript?
I wish I had a good answer for this one. I was in the middle of a fifth re-write on an alternate history story that I just couldn’t get to work, so I took a break. During that time, I started fiddling with a couple of ideas and my current premise just sort of stuck with me. The characters kept fleshing themselves out in my head, and finally I relented and started to tell their story.
What’s your most valuable writing tip?
I have two things:
One – always use beta readers and critique partners. They will always see the holes and flaws in your stories and help make you a better writer.
Two – Read Noah Lukeman’s THE FIRST FIVE PAGES. It is a must read for any writer. I find myself going back to it constantly as a reference guide.
There you have it, me in a nutshell. If you’re stopping by from the bloghop, please say “hello” in the comments. I’d love to drop by your blog sometime!