Trinae Ross: How I Write

Care to introduce yourself?
Somewhere between being a video game addict and a gym rat, I publish Stepping Stones Magazine — yep, that would be this Stepping Stones Magazine — with the help of some very special (and eternally patient) editors that I would not be able to live without.

What do you write?
Mainly fiction. Usually in the fantasy, horror or mainstream genres. Tried my hand a poetry, but I find it excruciatingly difficult. I will write nonfiction when I get the urge, or if I feel what I’m writing can contribute something to someone.

What are you currently working on?
Still trying to get a grasp on writing my online novel, Racing the Rain. I’m also outlining another project to start from the beginning. Having two projects allows me to switch up projects when I’m stuck.

One word that describes your writing habits?

Do you write using a computer? A mobile device? If so, what software do you use? (Operating system, apps, etc.)
Right now I’m using a Lenovo Ideapad running Windows 7. I’ve been using a linux-based operating system called Antergos. I really like Antergos, but much like my writing, I needed a change.

App-wise, I use Word 2013, Outlook 2013, Tomboy Notes, Dropbox, Writebox, Sunrise Calendar and Wunderlist. Just starting using Dragon NaturallySpeaking and I absolutely love it!

I have an older Samsung Galaxy S3, that I use Dropbox, Sunrise Calendar and Outlook to keep in the loop. I’m a huge fan of cross-platform apps.

What software/apps can’t you live without?
Wunderlist hands down. Without it, I don’t know what to do with my day. It’s easy to use and it doesn’t get in the way, until it needs to remind me about a task.

Care to share a photo of your desktop?
Sure. I like minimal desktops, so it’s kind of plain.


Do you write longhand? If so, what medium do you use? (Type of notebook, pens, pencil, note cards, etc.)
I’m getting back into writing longhand, though I will be first to admit that my handwriting isn’t the easiest to read. I like to write in college-ruled marbled notebooks, because I hate ripping out pages and it’s hard to do that in a composition book without making the book look ratty.

When it comes to writing instruments, it’s fine point gel pens with blue ink. I love the way my hands slides across the page when I’m writing.

Care to share photos of your writing setup?
Here’s my writing nook. I’m a bit of a vampire, so sorry for the lack of light.


Where do you spend most of your time writing?
At my desk. If I try to write in a comfortable spot, I usually fall asleep.

When is the best time for you to write?
I have a bad habit of getting inspired when it’s time for me to go to bed. So I started making a habit of writing later in the evening until my eyelids start feeling heavy.

Complete this sentence: My biggest writing quirk is …
I will only write with blue pens.

What are you currently reading?
The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo.

What music (or other audio) do you listen to while you work?
I like listening to podcasts unrelated to what I’m writing. Mostly podcasts dealing with technology or video games.

The best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
When it stops being fun, then it’s time to quit.

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