Raythe’s AMA #1: Questions About Writing

In the AMA post, Raythe got more questions than she could handle in one sitting!  Here are the first five, which are questions about writing.  She goes into more detail in the video, but the short answers are here:

Do you need complete silence to write or do you like background noise (ie. Music, at a coffee shop, tv, etc)?

ANSWER: Since I don’t have a real fireplace, I actually like to have the fireplace on TV!  That or some of the ambient channels on YouTube are best to keep me in the zone. But I’ve been known to write between bouts of playing video games.  Shoot a few guys in the head, write a kissing scene.

How long on average does it take you to write a chapter?

ANSWER: Depends on what I’m doing along with it.  If I am playing video games, it’ll take me quite a while (10 hours …), but if I’m in the flow then the fastest I do a chapter is 2 ½ hours (THIS IS HUGELY RARE).  But the reality is that a chapter takes about 5 to 6 hours. 

What inspiration do you pull from when you create a new story? Is it just one source for every idea or a few sources?

ANSWER: Every story I do has to have magic of some sort and immortality so those are givens.  Then I have a few sub-categories of things I like to do: vampires, elves, witches, yakuza/triad, shifters. Then I start thinking of the type of characters I would want to inhabit – and yes, I actually do something I call method writing where I am in the POV character’s head.  Then the conflict takes shape around normally our two leads/the couple or couples.  World building takes place after that. Then I run it by Kat and she give me her “looks” and I know whether I can show it to the public or not.  After that is where you guys come in. I put up a blog with my ideas and you tell me if this works or doesn’t work. Sometimes we have you address things even earlier in terms of what kind of book next.  After comments, I refine and refine and refine and then the first chapter comes out and I refine some more.

What made you decide to write a few chapters for multiple stories a month instead of just dedicating one solid month for one single story?

ANSWER: I get bored.  That’s the honest truth!  But also, people sign up because of different stories that they love. It wouldn’t be fair not to have their favorite updated.  

Do you write the chapters in one go or do you write them bit by bit over the days between the chapters?

ANSWER: I have a chapter due every other day so … yeah, I write them in one go and post them after they are finished. Literally, the moment they are finished.

5 Responses to Raythe’s AMA #1: Questions About Writing

  1. Keil April 30, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    Thank you so much! This was incredibly interesting to me. Once upon a time I used to write, not epics like yours, but it was a great way to unwind. Due to various life events (school, family illness, etc) I lost touch and haven’t put pen to paper (or more appropriately fingers to keypad) in quite awhile. Listening to this reminded me of some of the things I used to do when I’d get in the ‘writing’ headspace. Hoping I can use some of your tips to get back to an old love. 🙂

    I really liked the idea of a crackling fire. It’s pretty hot where I’m at though so maybe some rain sounds would suffice.

  2. Raythe April 30, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

    I use candles now as well for real fire. I love my condo, but it needs two things to be utterly perfect (1) a wood burning fireplace and (2) a larger balcony! But in lieu of those things, its amazing what a brilliant TV and Youtube can provide!

    You want something that you can look at every once in a while, but not something that’s going to distract you. Normally, I try to just focus on the writing, but there are times when I just desperately want to watch TV or play a game and intersperse the writing with it. Both work, but one is more efficient.

  3. Bri May 1, 2018 at 3:52 am #

    Thank you so much for answering my questions Raythe! I’m a writer myself so I usually ask what inspires other writers for the stories they create. I’m a curious person by nature and sometimes it helps me look at others things than just my norms to come up with something. And in terms of boredom I totally get that too!

    • Raythe May 1, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

      I think that you can learn so much from other writers. I’m constantly in awe of a lot of different creative people that I want to understand what they do and how they do it to up my game.

  4. a_h- May 1, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

    That was fun to read and listen to! I have wondered about your thoughts behind some of those things and it was neat to hear your perspective. It must be that you write from the characters own feelings that I love it so much, because that’s where the real emotion is.

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