Any writers out there?
Writer here too. Lately I write on my computer with MS Office starter pack. I write mostly adult fiction though occasionally I will write an essay, though my essays tend to be alittle messy as I tend to wander topic wise. (Though usually staying within the general topic.) A cup of tea…..hmm. It all depends on what mood I am in. I prefer doing my writing late at night, when it’s quiet, peaceful, though my Dad, whom I live with, tends to wander out to grab something to eat and often chatters at me in a Ambien induced way, which distracts me and drives me batty.
I’ve tried giving up writing because I get blocked so often, but I guess it’s in the hardwiring; I try to stop and a few days later I’ll be itching to sit down and write.
I took a look at the 750words.com looks interesting but I don’t think it’s for me. The other one mentioned though….that one sounds interesting.
My go-to writing style is poetry, heavily influenced by modernism (think Ezra Pound’s “heap of broken images”), but lately I’ve been exclusively doing screenwriting. I’m finally (!) in pre-production for the script that I’ve been working on for a few years, so I’m quickly doing revisions and some serious critiques while managing all the production aspects.
I used to live on coffee, but there is no way I can handle it anymore – Tea is a nice mix of my caffeine fix and something contemplative so I don’t lose my mind trying to keep everything straight!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy tea is just a cup of english breakfast tea with milk on a cold morning – I like to lean over it, close my eyes, and just warm up and relax.
I’ve thought about screenplays and attempting to write one, but I know zip about how. Actually the program I would really love to get is the Dramatica Pro. but to much out of my price range, though I would of already gotten it years ago if they sold it at Best Buy or Micro Center.
If you want a pretty simple program that’s not too expensive, Celtx is what I’ve been using. It’s on sale right now, for around $10, I think.
I’m only using it now to actually format everything at the very end though – it’s not completely necessary to get started. You should just dive right in, it’s not as intimidating as people make it sound :)
I used to be a small market TV news producer, writing the stories the anchors read. Many days, it was crazy-stressful. I never considered myself to be great at it – it’s difficult (for me) to write in someone else’s voice, not to mention two different voices (dual anchor newscasts). The adrenaline rush of the business always pulled me in, but it stole any enjoyment for writing that I had.
Because of that background, I’m more of a factual writer – I like to write about things I know or experience in life. I still really like to do research for topics too. While I can sometimes have a wildly creative imagination, I have a hard time translating that into words.
Steepster has provided an outlet for me to try writing again, but this time in my own voice. :)
Interesting dialogue…writing and Steepster. I come from one of those families where all the games were ‘word’ games and there were rules for the linguists in the group who would cheat. My daughter has published 2 books, Uncle 1, Aunt 1, another Uncle is working on another book. Even though I’ve gone through advanced composition classes in University, I never dreamed that I would become a storyteller while enjoying tea in the Steepster community. I never dreamed anyone would be interested in reading what I wrote either. I’ve been amazed at how well so many Steepster members write. At times, it takes my breath away.
I love your description of your family! My sister and I grew up on linguistic bantering and poetry reciting for my grandmother. Tea and writing go well together though, don’t they?
(I started following you on someone’s recommendation that you have very interesting, well written posts, by the way!)
How nice of you, thanks. Funny that I have a defective brain but am a visual thinker, tea takes me to visual places so I write about what I see in my memory. It has been very healing for me. I’ve had a wild life that even the people here on Steepster know little about. My little blog will be active soon (one person in particular has mentored me, encouraging me to write) where I’ll drink tea and write more stories. The benefit of old age is not having to do anything you don’t want to do!
Writer here as well, though I don’t make a living at it! LOL! I host a small writers’ group in my home – we used to meet at a bookstore but it got too hard to get enough tables for everyone – every two weeks. Two of my kids are really awesome writers. My oldest daughter was called in by her Honors English professor in her freshman year of college. He told her that he had been hating his job for quite a while, until she came along! She is too, too funny! And my middle daughter is writing some awesome, though awfully violent (where did that come from?), science fiction. Youngest writes poems a la Ogden Nash, again with the funny! OY!
I’m a writer! I write everything and I’ll try any kind of tea to get me in the mood, especially if I have a Writer’s Block. I do avoid red rooibos as it gives me migraines, but other than that, I usually have a cuppa as I’m crafting my latest short story, or doing work for my job. I’m a former journalist, so writing daily is not only my preference, it’s my experience! I have a tea-related blog called Keen Tea Thyme: keenteathyme.blogspot.com. It’s in desperate need of some updates and stories, features, which I hope to get to soon when I’m not as busy!
Anyone else have a tea blog? Let me know – I’ll link you on my blog and I can profile you in a CelebriTEA section – profiles about tea friends and their blogs.
Add me to the list of writers who write everything, but my ambitions these days run toward fiction, both literary and speculative. I haven’t written anything longer than a novella; I want to, though. I just worry that I don’t have any ideas big enough to sustain a novel or that I don’t have the stamina for it with a full time job and two small kids.
Now that I think about it, my most recent fiction writing obsession (after a hiatus of 8 years following the birth of kid no. 1) started after my last run at the tea obsession subsided. It’s clear I must merge these two. It seems obvious.
I’m thinking black tea for writing. Not finicky to brew, doesn’t require tending like multiple oolong steeps. Thanks for this topic. Now I know what I’m doing tomorrow. ;-)
Although by profession I’m a musician, I’m also a closet writer. I have journals that go back to my teens, loaded with poetry & song lyrics, prayers (of the non-religious sort), and various musings. I also write down my most vivid dreams, some of which have become outlines for novels yet to be written. Last year I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time (after thinking about it for a few years) & completed my first draft! It’s still waiting for the beginning of the rewrite process, & I already have an outline for this year’s NaNo. I especially like to write in the fall & winter, as I’m more likely to have time. I tend to drink greens while I’m journaling, but the rest of the time I lean towards a darker, richer brew, especially in the winter.