Swoon Author Kate Evangelista: From Pen to Paper

If you’re anything like me, you need variety and consistency at the same time. I know. It seems like an impossible combination. How can we have a variety of something yet keep it consistent? And I’m not speaking of consistent variety either. That’s a whole different thing.

When I first started writing, I used my father’s electric typewriter. To keep you from guessing my age, I’ll make it simple. Depending on when this post goes live, I might have just turned 34.

By the time I decided writing was the career for me, I switched from using a typewriter to a computer then a laptop. So much easier. Mistakes can be erased at a touch of a button. And spellcheck is the dyslexic author’s savior.

Years later, I found myself needing another method of getting the first draft written. In case you haven’t heard, being an author is hard. There are so many obstacles along the way. And sometimes that’s just when you’re writing. But it is those who persist that make it through to the other side.

This is where my new method comes in. I’ve gone old school. My first draft is written by hand using a pen on a notebook that I have embellished with washi tape and stuck an affirmation to. Since it’s summer and bursting into flames isn’t exactly conducive to creativity, I take a trip to my favorite Starbucks. They just newly renovated. I order my favorite drink—a white chocolate mocha with a pump of mint syrup. I sit in my favorite spot and start writing.

Kate E drinking and writing

This is where the consistency comes in. After lunch every day, I go to Starbucks and write out a chapter. No matter how long it takes. I don’t stop until the chapter is done. The next day I start all over again.

The lesson here is: every writer has their own method of getting that first draft done. It’s actually the most important part of the process. Whether you type it out or write it by hand. Who knows? Maybe in a couple of years I’ll find the need for variety once again and find another method of getting that first draft done. Is there a way to take what’s in my mind and magically transpose it onto the page? Because if there is, sign me up.

Kate E's notebook

What about you? Where do you love to write? What is your method of getting the draft done? Share it in the comments sections. I’m sure your fellow writers—including myself—would love to know your how and why.

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11 comments on "Swoon Author Kate Evangelista: From Pen to Paper"

francoba90 on May 15, 2017, 8:29 p.m. said:

francoba90


I'd kill for a routine! I basically write whenever my kids decide to fall asleep. :D

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Kate Evangelista on May 20, 2017, 10:55 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


We take what we can. The fact that you write when you can is more than amazing. Not just anyone can do that. *hugs*

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Chani Lynn Feener on May 14, 2017, 1:25 p.m. said:

Chani Lynn Feener


I used to only write at night, now I only write during the day. Maybe that'll change again! If it's not the first book in a series, generally I'll write at my desk, because then I have notes and I hate carrying that stuff around with me.

Also, I'm crazy excited to read No Second Chances!

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Kate Evangelista on May 15, 2017, 1:46 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


I know what you mean about the notes. I'm constantly paranoid I'll lose the notebook I'm writing in. I even had a nightmare that the notebook got stolen. *gasps*

And thank you! I'm super excited too.

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S.C. McMurray on May 14, 2017, 8:29 a.m. said:

S.C. McMurray


I like to write in the early morning before my little hooligans---I mean perfectly behaved angels---wake up or late at night on my back porch (that is until the giant Ohio june bugs mistake my computer screen for their great white after life). My local library is also a personal favorite.

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Kate Evangelista on May 15, 2017, 1:48 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


I've never tried writing in the early morning. I need to experience that sometime. Morning air. The sun just making its climb. Now, hopefully, I wake up early enough.

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Kristy Brown on May 13, 2017, 10:36 a.m. said:

Kristy Brown


I have pads all over my house. I find it easier to scribble down a chapter by hand then the next day I crack open the lap top using the paper version as a guide. I guess I get excited in stores over all the stationary! ;)

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Kate Evangelista on May 14, 2017, 7:52 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


I completely understand. Land me in a store that sells notebooks and pens and pretty sure I'm walking out with something. Especially when it's cute.

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Rosemary Blodgett on May 13, 2017, 9:38 a.m. said:

Rosemary Blodgett


I'm still trying to figure out what routine and method works best for me. Sometimes I wonder if I get cold feet because succeeding is as scary as not? I use a laptop and Word for the majority of my writing. Notebooks and sticky's for, obviously, notes. I try to write everyday but even if I don't at least two days a week I meet with a writers group for two hours (we don't always write). What I've learned in the past six years of doing this is that I can write at home, push come to shove, but prefer going out to do it. My favorite spot is our local Barnes and Noble cafe.

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Kate Evangelista on May 14, 2017, 7:53 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


Aren't cafes great? There's something about the buzz in the air that inspires productivity. Plus no distractions. I put my earbuds in and start writing. Even on days when writing is hard.

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