Kelly Haworth

Author of Queer Speculative Romance

Writing Habits: A Questionnaire


One of my good friends Bob Gmelin posted this on his blog, inviting other writers to fill it out too, a sort of blog chain letter.  So, sure!  Why not?

1. Typed or Handwritten?

Typed, otherwise you won’t be able to read it.

2. Cursive or Printed?

My regular handwriting is a fusion between the two.  Certain words and letter combos end up cursive, sort of like how the star wars logo only connects certain letters.  And it all adds up to swirly nonsense that I don’t trust anyone else to read.  When I actually need to be neat, I do a bubbly teenage print, with big rounded letters.  Or a crappy cursive.

3. Show us your favorite pen.

Umm……… let’s see.  If you’ve ever gotten a card from me, more likely than not it was signed in this pen in dark purple.

4. Where do you like to write?

Currently I spend any spare moment I can write on my couch, my laptop on the coffee table.  This is probably a horrible idea, as my posture is poor and there are distractions on all sides.  But how else am I supposed to keep an eye on the now-crawling-everywhere Nate?

5. Who are your five favorite authors in terms of authorial style?

Can I say Cormac McCarthy five times?  I’ve read several books by him over the years and I am always swept away.    The Border Trilogy fueled my writing when I was in high school.  He will always have a space in my writerly heart.  I’ve read a lot great books by various people, but no other author stands above the others for me.

6. What are you your three favorite books on writing?

Given I’ve only read around five, this is a bit of a moot question.  The ones I recall most readily are King’s On Writing, Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.

7. Have you ever competed in NaNoWriMo?

If by “compete” you mean place a self-imposed writing goal during the month of November but not actually post anything on the NaNoWriMo site, then yes.  I spent the first two weeks of November 2012 writing 25,000 words.  The second two weeks I was a bit too distracted with catching up with the life I had ignored the previous two weeks to write any more.

8. Have you ever won NaNoWriMo?

This is a silly question.

9. Have you ever had anything published?

Still working on that.

10. What projects are you working on now?

I have been working on various short stories the past few months.  I really want to get back to Absynth, give the first third the tweaking they need for me to keep going.  I also am starting the seeds in my head of a new novel, possibly a contemporary romance.  For once in my life.  I may have to add some magic to keep my sanity.  Hmm…  Urban Fantasy Gay Romance…

11. What is your soundtrack to writing?

Pandora!  I have a few playlists that give me all the indie alternative my heart desires.  Along with a healthy dash of Nine Inch Nails.  I usually have to listen to something that just goes on in the background that I can happily ignore, or the music will be too distracting for me to focus on what I’m writing.  However, that does not mean that moving songs don’t inspire me.  I just don’t listen to them while writing.  Lots of Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Muse, Metric, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Madonna, Third Eye Blind, A perfect Circle, Soundgarden.  To name the main ones.

12. Do you have a writing pump-up song?

Depends what I want to write.  A lot of my characters have theme songs.  Riese, pretty much every Nine Inch Nails song, like Mr. Self Destruct, and most recently 1,000,000.  Natacia, Third Eye Blind’s Red Star.  Sylvian, Metric’s Help I’m Alive.  Jess, Paramore’s The Only Exception.  Arianne, Offspring’s Fix You.  Ember, Linkin Park’s Robot Boy.  Tkoru, VAST’s Flames.  Syoni, Nine Inch Nail’s Head Down.  Amatne, Madonna’s Forbidden Love.  There’s some couples songs too, like Riese and Arianne’s is Muse’s Undisclosed Desires.


Well that was fun!  I encourage any writer friends to have some fun filling this out too.

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