Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the bestselling authors of the Beautiful Bastard and Wild Seasons series, Sublime and The House. Dating You/Hating You will be released in June.
Christina Lauren 5 Favorite things during a writing deadline
Favorite drink to get to that next word count:
Lauren: Daytime - La Croix plain sparkling water. Evening - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is my vice
Christina: LOL There's nothing that helps me get the words in and since I don't really drink (snore) my fave is Pomelo San Pellegrino.
Favorite Spot in the house to write:
Christina: I like to pretend I can write other places but I can really only concentrate at the Mac in my office.
Lauren: My office, and later in the day I like to work at my treadmill desk upstairs
Favorite writing program to keep us on track:
Christina: I do my drafting in Word, but after a rough year I had to be creative when it came to staying focused. I started using an app called Forest (you set focused amounts of time and it plants little trees. Stay on task and your forest grows, dick around and you kill it all), Focus@will (lyric-less music designed for specific tasks), and Checky (daily count of how often you check your phone).
Lauren: Excel spreadsheets - they're my addiction
Favorite distraction during a deadline:
Lauren: I'm not living until I have a deadline. Not having the deadline is the distraction. I wish I had an answer that felt more whimsical but I am best when I am allowed to be a robot.
Christina: OMG Lauren and I are so yin and yang it's lulzy. I am a ball of frazzled nerves during deadlines while she is laser focused. I get blurry-eyed after long days at the computer so I love audiobooks and podcasts. And also Harry Styles' dimples. *tips hat*
Christina: I've learned an important lesson: don't eat at your desk. I'm rarely strong enough to stick to this but I've found that if I tie writing into munching on something specific I get to a point where I NEED it and it's downhill from there.
Lauren: Parmesan goldfish crackers and Extra toasty cheese-it's. They're both the devil's candy.
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