Thursday, September 12, 2013

When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love) Blog tour: On Writing Rituals by Ingrid Jonach

It’s an absolute pleasure to be hosting Ingrid Jonach, author of When the World Was Flat(And We Were in Love), on my blog, as part of her blog tour today.

Now, I don’t know about you, but something that has always intrigued me are the various different writing rituals authors employ when writing.

Questions that run through my mind often include the following: When do they write?, where do they do their best writing?, what times are best for the specific writer?, and what helps them to keep their focus during the time that they’re writing.

On today’s blog tour stop, Ingrid gives us a glimpse into her writing world and tells us a little more about her writing process – including a little info about the snacks she loves to buy (Ha, I love it when authors tell us about their favourite snacks to eat when they’re writing, don’t you?).

Before I hand over the reins, here’s some info about When the World Was Flat (And We Were in Love).

Gorgeous book title, isn’t it?
 
About the book:
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway.

Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

Add When the World Was Flat to your Goodreads TBR pile.

Over to Ingrid

Blog tour post: On writing rituals

A lot of my writing is on the go, which means rituals like where I sit and what is around me are not always an option.

I need to be able to write in the car on the way to visit family interstate. I need to be able to edit a chapter in a café or library without worrying how many pencils I have lined up in front of me and whether they are facing west. I need to be able to crash on the lounge after a long day at work and muster the energy to bash out a few hundred words on my laptop.

Author of the beloved Winnie the Pooh, E. B. White, famously said: A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.

White said he could work with any distractions and often wrote in his living room, which was full of noise from his family. Although, he did admit that he had places he could go if it got too much.

William Faulkner did not wait for inspiration to strike before writing. He said: I write when the spirit moves me and the spirit moves me every day. He did, however, follow a routine when he was writing As I Lay Dying. He would write in the afternoons before he started the night shift as a supervisor at a power plant.

There are authors who crave this kind of routine, as well as solitude while they write. J. K. Rowling checked into the lavish Balmoral Hotel to write Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and left a message on a bust of Hermes).

Stephen King sits down between 8am and 8.30am every morning to start writing, with a cup of tea or a glass of water.

Roald Dahl wrote in a shed in his garden and would sharpen six yellow pencils before he started writing on the yellow legal pads he had sent to him from New York. 

I admit that while I need to be able to write anywhere at anytime, I can be very ritualistic when it is an option. I will often buy snacks the day before a ‘writing day’ – sliced cheese, stuffed olives, M&Ms and Pepsi Max. This covers both my sweet and savory cravings.

 I find I am more focused if I have something to eat or drink while I am pondering a paragraph or plotting a chapter.

I also spend these writing days in solitude, usually shutting myself in the bedroom where I will sit and write on the bed, with the sunshine coming through the window. I will often change my scenery halfway through the day, to give myself a shake up.

This often means moving into the lounge room, but I have to resist turning on the TV. If I do, the solitude is broken by Keeping up with the Kardashians or Dr. Phil (my not-so-secret shame!).

Thanks for having me be part of the blog tour Ingrid.

About Ingrid: 
Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.

Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.

Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.

Find out more at www.ingridjonach.com

You can also follow her on Twitter, and find her on Goodreads.

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