Ava Homa is Open Book's February 2012 Writer in Residence.
1. When the weather is nice, which is not often, I like to walk/jog in a park or trail. I am guaranteed to be inspired afterwards.
2. I have to change my workspace to be inspired. Sitting in one place every day is counter-productive. I try different coffee shops, libraries, parks, beaches and backyards.
3. When working on the first draft of a short story or my novel, I cannot predict when I write and how many words that would include. My mind is occupied with the subject but I may not write for a couple of weeks. Then, one day I suddenly start writing and cannot stop for hours.
4. When it comes to revising, re-writing, editing, and proofreading of the manuscript, discipline helps. I work two to three hours a day and usually only get to revise ten pages. Chances are I get stuck with re-writing the same ten pages for weeks. Yes, I am obsessed.
5. A cute website that keeps me writing: http://writtenkitten.net/#. Surprised? Well, a little reinforcement is better than none.