Guest Post: Author Mónica Wagner on How I Write

Hi! Thanks for having me on this blog today. : )

I’m here to talk about how I write–and how that’s different to some things you might have heard about other authors.

For instance, some authors say you need to write every day, at least a few words. I don’t know why they say this! Sometimes I don’t write anything in weeks, because I’m busy with my three kiddos—if they are on vacation, I just know I won’t be able to write. I need peace and quiet. So that brings me to the second point. I’m sort of ADD. So I can’t write listening to music. Otherwise I stop writing and start to sing along (LOUD!). Or hum. Or whistle. Or even dance. (You get the idea.) I can’t write at a busy place either, like a Starbuck’s. I’m a curious person, so I probably would start eavesdropping (I know, I know. Not polite. Sorry!).

Also, my brain gets fried a lot. So I kinda need Netflix sometimes to relax. When I make the most breaks between writing is when I’m the most productive.

I usually write my first drafts on paper. That way I get away from technology and just FEEL my characters.

And lastly, I need to eat chocolate when I revise. But not when I draft. Weird, huh?

Thanks so much for reading!



About the author:
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Mónica was born in a Peruvian city by a snow-capped volcano. Growing up, books were her constant companions as she traveled with her family to places like India (where she became a vegetarian), Thailand (where she *almost* met Leonardo di Caprio), France (where she pretended to learn French), and countless other places that inspired her to write. Now, Mónica lives in Chile with her husband, three boys, eleven hens, and stray dog. Keep up with Monica and follow her on Twitter @Monica_BW or visit her website:

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