It is the pleasure of the Xarrokian people to welcome the talented Nikki Noffsinger. She is a woman much like the creator of Xarrok itself.
This week, the assignment given to all of us who have been part of the Tasha Turner’s Virtual Blog Tour were asked to describe a typical writing day. I am going to ask dear readers that you take the next few minutes to either raid your liquor cabinet, pour a glass of wine, have a tall cold one, or see what the rates are on at home electro shock therapy. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Ready? Here goes. First of all I write at various times in the 24 hour day. Sometimes I can write whole chapters and sometimes it is just a thought or two. I am a mother of two; a sixteen year old girl and a seven year old with ADHD-so yeah, it is like winning the lotto when I can write a whole chapter. Usually the mornings are not my most creative. My brain is still trying to wake up and I’m doing this “Night of the Living Dead” shuffle and I speak in grunts. The voices in my head are even unhappy that I am awake when the day is still called A.M…
My day starts with several coffee IVs and my son who can’t make up his mind what cereal he wants and I’m trying to remember what cereal is. Again, I do not function in the morning hours. Besides, how many of you can write a romantic scene or even a sex scene with the theme song from “Olivia” or “Adventure Time”. However, maybe a sex scene with the theme music from “Adventure Time” would be kind of funny, I mean think about it, hot hunky guy going in for the honey spot just as the song keys up. That would so sell like hotcakes, right? Don’t look at me, I didn’t promise that I wasn’t a disturbed individual here. I have a sixteen year old pubescent daughter and a seven year old boy who could give Junior from Problem Child a run for his money.
When the kids are either at school or are occupied, I then put the dishes in the sink and decide that of course they need to soak awhile, and I might as well look at the latest project I’m working on. I constantly have more than one story going because I forever have more than one story in my head. I usually get maybe twenty-five or thirty minutes before the phone starts ringing. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate phones? When I want someone to call-they don’t but the minute I get down to writing or get into a book, the calls are one right after the other.
By the afternoon towards evening-there is just no writing. Most days I’m running errands or I’m putting out fires between my kids and wishing I had the number to someone who either performs lobotomies or electro shock therapy. They really should bring home shock kits back. Yes, I have a very warped sense of humor-I have to or I would be cross-eyed and drooling in a corner talking about green kitchens and purple chickens. Yeah, not a pretty sight.
When the sun goes down and the kids are engrossed in either television or heading to bed, that is when I feel I am at my most creative. There is nothing to disrupt the flow of energy and I can immerse myself into the story I’m trying to tell. I am a complete night owl and maybe that is why I write about vampires; we’re kindred spirits seeing as we are one with the night. Then again, I’m not really into blood drinking so I’ll be making my own Bloody Marys minus the O pos.
I don’t write outlines and maybe I should but I never know my day from one moment to the next. I would like to paint the picture that I don’t have a daily amount of conflict, 100 places I have to go and things to do, or that my children don’t act like they are spawned from the devil’s third cousin twice removed but that’s my life. Writing to me is my passion and it is my balm when the sun goes down and the kids go to bed and all is quiet. Just me, my lap top, and some music and that is what gets me through.
What is your day like? Are you an author who has no interruptions or are like me and has natural disasters occurring over the smallest of things? Do you use an outline and follow it to the letter? What are your writing companions-things you have to help the creative juices flow?
About the Author
Nicole Noffsinger or Nikki as she is known is a 37 year old mother of two children and has always loved writing and creating stories from a young age. She lives with her family in a mid-sized Indiana town. Aside from writing she has an eclectic taste in both music and art, loves to travel, and has a great love of all things that go “bump” in the night.