Welcome to Writerhead Wednesday, a weekly feature in which a brilliant, charming, remarkable author answers three questions about her/his writerhead…a precious opportunity for looky-loos around the world to sneak into the creative noggins of talented writers and (ever so gently) muck about.
This week, Writerhead Wednesday is all about you.
Yes, yes, you, the writer in the red shirt.
You, the writer in the tweed jacket.
And yep, you, too, sleepy writer still tromping around in your pajamas.
All about you and YOUR writerhead.
Here’s the scoop:
This week, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card…with the hope, intention, and understanding that the lucky winner will use it to buy necessary writer-related stuff—books, pens, paper, a shiny new stapler, one-third (one-fourth?) of a much-needed therapy session, a thumb drive, business cards, a couple of double-shot lattes, a few hours of babysitting time, a bottle of Jack, etc.
And all you have to do to win is share a little something about YOUR writerhead. Tell us what writerhead is like for you.
If you need a bit of inspiration, check out these recent writerhead interviews with authors Eric Olsen, Alma Katsu, and Diana Abu-Jaber.
If you’re new to this site (welcome!) or need a refresher course on what exactly writerhead is, keep reading:
Writerhead is “a (usually) temporary state of dreamy concentration and fluctuating consciousness during which a writer is most creative, productive, and artistic.”
You know…the purest moments of creation. Those beautiful (sometimes excruciating) sh, sh, sh, ssssssshhhhhh, I’ve got to get this down moments when words are bubbling, popping, zinging, and swinging. The ones when the “real” world disappears behind a gauzy cloud (insert sucking sound here…) and the imaginative world takes on firmer lines and brighter hues.
Some writers call it “the flow” or “the zone.” Some call it “hell.” Others refer to it as “writerland.” I’ve always called it writerhead.
(“Sshshh,” I growl at my husband if he tries to talk to me in the morning before I hunker down to write. “I’m in writerhead!”)
For example, perhaps your writerhead is something like this (lucky you!):
Or maybe, on a tough day, more like this. (Don’t worry…we’ve all been there.):
So get moving…post your description of your writerhead in the comment section below. You’ve got until midnight on November 22 to do so.
Good luck! Can’t wait to read about your writerhead!
GIVEAWAY RULES & REGS:
*To enter the giveaway contest, please leave a comment about your writerhead.
**Comments must be posted before the clock strikes midnight on November 22, 2011. (That’s Eastern Standard Time U.S.)
***This contest is open internationally.
****A winner will be drawn on Wednesday, November 23. Be sure to check back to see who wins.
*****The winner will be drawn randomly by the highly scientific method of my 3yo pulling a name out of a hat (or some other convenient container).
******Though I welcome all charming comments, only one comment per person will be counted in the contest.
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