Today I’m honored to be hosting Day 2 of a 5-day virtual tour, sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center, for Andrea Buginsky’s new book, Destiny.
Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand. When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.
The Writing Life from Andrea Buginsky
Unlike most authors I read about, I do not have an actual writing schedule. I know, most authors you hear about have a ritual of when they must be at their desk, how many words to write in a given day, what items they must have around them, and what they must eat or drink while writing. I have none of that.
I’m what you call a pantser, meaning I write by the seat of my pants rather than by a preplanned outline. I like to think that my writing ritual, if you will, is the same. I have no preset schedule to follow, no daily goal to reach, and no rituals. When I feel like writing, I sit at my computer, open my document, turn on some music, and write.
But there are some things I have to do on a normal basis when I write:
1. I have to read previous pages to see where I am and figure out where I’m going.
2. I have to jot down notes as I go, about the characters, scenes, and places in order to keep them straight throughout the book, and future books in the series.
3. I have to research certain aspects of my storyline when I don’t enough about a topic I want to write.
4. I have to close my eyes and visualize my surroundings when writing descriptions.
5. I have to listen to whatever music I feel like listening to, and keep something to drink on my desk.
6. I have to write on my computer, and save my work frequently as I go.
So, I guess I do have some rituals after all. I am trying to come up with a regular writing schedule as well, so that I’ll write more. But for now, the five rituals I have suite me fine.