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GUTGAA Meet and Greet!

Deana Barnhart

Some of you reading this post may already know some of this information about me. But I’m writing this for the Meet and Greet for GUTGAA. GUTGAA stands for Gearing Up To Get An Agent and is taking place over the next 6 weeks. It’s seriously awesome and if you’re a writer, you should participate. If you want more details and a full schedule of events (including details of an agent pitch session), check out Deana Barnhart’s blog.

Where do you write? I switch between the couch and the chair in my living room, depending on my mood.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? I’m sitting in my writing space right now! Since I’m sitting sideways on the couch, the coffee table is next to me. And my phone and an empty Cherry Coke.

Favorite time to write? I love writing after the sun goes down. I used to not be able to write at all when the sun was out. It’s pyschological, I’m sure. Now that I get up at 4am, I can’t stay up until 2am writing. So, I write when after work, usually around 4pm. But on Fridays and Saturdays, I’m still up till 2am writing.

Drink of choice while writing? Water or Diet Pepsi.

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I have to be listening to a certain kind of music. I have playlists for all my WIPs because I can’t write without music. But if I don’t have my playlist going, I spend more time looking for the perfect music for a scene than actually writing the scene.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? My current WIP, The Hit List, is about a dance school in Los Angeles. I was a dancer for 12 years, so it was only a matter of time before I wrote about one. But I started plotting this when So You Think You Can Dance came back this year. And the sex game plot came from a conversation I had with a friend my senior year of high school. No, you don’t want to know.

What’s your most valuable writing tip? Never give up. It seems so easy, but it’s not. Sometimes the difference between being published and unpublished is perseverance.

I hope you all enjoy GUTGAA this year! Check it out if you haven’t signed up already!

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