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‘Where Stories Are Made‘ is a new feature here at Book Chick City. It’s where the author takes us on a tour of their writing place, be it an office, coffee shop or park and tells us about their writing day and rituals.
My guest today is young adult author Joseph Delaney…
My stories are made inside my head; the place where I write has now become irrelevant. Once I always wrote on a desk-top computer in my study, which was my son’s bedroom before he left home. I would get up at 6 am and write for an hour before I went to work. I felt comfortable there. It has a desk, posters on the walls, two filing cabinets and lots and lots of my favourite books.
But in recent years I have travelled a lot, particularly to New Zealand spending months there at a time. For that purpose I bought a laptop and quickly realised that I was capable of writing anywhere.
On a sunny day (we don’t get many of those in Lancashire) I go into the garden and write with pen and paper typing my words into the computer afterwards. But I’ll say it again – the stories are made inside my head. By that I mean that I do most of my ‘writing’ without the use of computer, pen or paper. The plot and character ideas come when I am doing something else: watching TV, walking or just relaxing. As a result when I sit down to write most of the work has already been done and is stored inside my head; on a good day it’s just a matter of recording it.
Music can affect my moods and become inspirational. So can watching a film. Even a special time such as Halloween can bring dark ideas bubbling to the surface of my mind like thumb-bones in a witch’s cauldron. The important thing is to jot down those ideas lest they are forgotten. That’s why I always use notebooks. They are by my side when I settle down to write. My aim is to produce about a thousand words a day. Occasionally it goes well and my output is completed in a few hours. Other days it is more difficult and I pace up and down revising my ideas.
Yes, my stories are made inside my head but some days that is not the best place to be. But I am an optimistic person. A bad day today means a good day tomorrow!
I usually celebrate Halloween in a bookshop, library or school! As I write dark fantasy I am often asked to give talks and sign at that time. I would love to celebrate Halloween in a haunted house – maybe one day I’ll get the chance.
Make sure you stop by later today when I will be giving away the entire set of the ‘Spooks’ series!!
The Spooks Bestiary: Out Now
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**Next time on ‘Where Stories Are Made’: David Wellington**