Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?
What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?
What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end -- and why?
Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
That's tough to say. When I first started, I thought I'd have trouble writing my main character (Teddy) because as cool as his arc is, I really like to fanboy about my Lion character with some of my writer friends. He's just a fun person to write and talk about. At the moment, I think I'll say Crow is my favorite because it's become the resident snark lord of the group.
What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)
Honestly, I've not done much research for this one other than reminding myself of some of the details of the original Wizard of Oz and its sequels.
Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?
I tend to write better alone while knowing others will see what I write. It took me a long time to get to the point that I wanted to share what I write with people I know, but now I'm pretty eager to share no matter what. So, when someone says they want to see what I've written, I say, "Here, take all of it!"
My writing habits are in a constant state of flux (read: what writing habits?) but NaNo has given me a good structure I might follow after November: I write in the morning for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how prompt I am at getting up and going through my morning routine, quiet time, etc. I may squeeze in another 15 minutes over lunch (after I've read a bit from whatever is my current lunch book; right now that's G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy). Then I'll write after dinner until I've hit the end of the day's chapter(s). Since I'm writing shorter chapters for There's No Place Like Home? than I do in my Albion books, this pattern may not hold after November, but I like the idea of setting aside time every day to write rather than letting it be whenever I decide I feel like it. Let's face it, I don't always feel like it, so doing it anyway is good discipline. As to music, I usually have music going when I write. I even have playlists for a couple of my books, including TNPLH?, which I've been listening to since well before NaNo started.
What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!