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Jana D. Barrett I find that consistency is key. I turn off social media, stop procrastinating by checking my phone for texts that aren't of immediate importance and…moreI find that consistency is key. I turn off social media, stop procrastinating by checking my phone for texts that aren't of immediate importance and start writing.

Nerd alert: I really like pencil and paper and carry a little notepad around with me in case an idea pops into my head! (I have no short term memory- so while I can remember countless lyrics to 90's alternative songs, I can't remember that I need to pick up toothpaste at the grocer)

I try and have realistic expectations. I don't expect brilliance on the first go round. I anticipate there will be a lot of shaping of words and sentences until they gleam with little nuggets of truth. If I keep plying at it- I'll find a way to make it resonate on paper for readers as it does in my mind.

Atmosphere & environment are key. I find a spot that inspires me (I like a lot of people buzzing around me- who don't actually need anything from me or interact with me, lol) grab a cup of coffee, plug in my earbuds & go to it!

I get into character- obviously I don't get super literal with this because some of my characters are a little dark- but I find that I'm more likely to write acutely if I'm 'feeling all the feels' that character is feeling. (less)
Jana D. Barrett I love character development, so much of my writing starts with really intricate character sketches. If I discover an amusing, quirky, or endearing…moreI love character development, so much of my writing starts with really intricate character sketches. If I discover an amusing, quirky, or endearing quality- I jot them down in my character sketches and ultimately try and sculpt these qualities and characteristics in a way readers can feel as though they are sitting right next to my book characters

*Thankfully, I was blessed to grow up in a family rife with quirks & schisms! Thanks mom and dad, lol!

Also, music, travel, good food, good conversations, real genuine relationships, art, coffee. . . all of these inspire the best work within me! (less)
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