WHEN I WRITE
I try to write everyday for at least two hours without fail (only exceptions are really travel days). I don’t always focus on the same project, and in fact sometimes I need to change it up to keep myself from getting fatigued, but luckily I have ongoing forays in novels, screenplays, short stories, and poems. The most important thing about writing every day is that it helps me keep my inner Perfectionist Task Master from taking over—I worry less that each word is perfect off the pen (or keys) and let my creative spirit experiment.
WHAT I LISTEN TO
My favorite thing to listen to is just the ocean in Kauai, right outside (it’s also my favorite thing to fall asleep to). When I’m in LA, sometimes I listen to recorded wave noises (not as good as the real thing), or low-key music like Lorde, Sia, or Florence + the Machine, which can fade into the background. During non-writing time, I love all kinds of music from Taylor Swift to Ours (Olivia’s favorite band in the novel) to the Killers to Eminem and Drake. I think Eminem is an absolute poetic genius. Whenever he comes out with a new album, I listen to all the songs on repeat just to make sure I get every magic beat of his words!