First off, I’d like to backtrack a little bit about “Big Trouble.” The movie version, not the book. I still feel the same about the book, but then I remembered that I have seen the film version, because it’s Zooey Deschanel and Ben Foster playing the teenage characters, Jenny and Matt, both actors I adore and I remember I have watched the film just for their parts. They weren’t too bad. The movie as a whole, though, clearly, is pretty unmemorable, but now I’m torn for dissing something with such great actors in it!
But what I really wanted to write about today was, in general, times for writing. Do you have a particular time when you feel is the best to write? I know in my younger years, it was definitely at night. I was an supposedly incurable night owl, but now I much prefer to get up early, make a cup of coffee, and set to work then. After noon, it feels that I can’t really get much accomplished. The same usually goes for my reading, too, with the exception of reading a chapter of something before I go to bed, too. I like the routine of it, too; I wish I could be struck with random bursts of spontaneous writing, but that rarely seems to happen.
And what about rituals? I usually read a little and write a little at the same time (it helps my brain focus, though it contributes greatly to my tendency to be influenced by what I’m reading at the time), and I always have to have coffee. Writing without coffee first is like torture for me. These are all fairly normal rituals, I suppose, especially the coffee. Sometimes, it’s video games, and video games have inspired me since I started writing way back in grade school. I basically grew up learning to read on Zork, so there’s just something visually about games that spark my imagination. Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of Diablo II, which has wonderful character and level designs without a lot of depth that just seem to be beg for expansion. I’ve been doing a lot inspired by that lately.
But what gets you going writing?