I've never been afraid of research --in fact, I usually enjoy it, unless it's on a topic that I can't stand. If I'm working with an unfamiliar culture, language, occupation, or setting, I tend to do large amounts of research. Sometimes I just wing it. Those tend to be stories that poured out of me all at once, without giving me the time to build a base of information to work from. ~SinsofMidnight
Fundamentally, I find it difficult to call a writer a secretive being.
We might be quite, shy, or reserved, but that does not necessarily promote a secretive nature. As a writer, there are pieces of me in every piece I write. If you can find it through everything else and recognize it, it's a miracle, but the pieces are still there if you don't see them. It can define the situations we are comfortable with writing or it can push us to write something else. It helps shape characters, whether of the main cast or the supporting cast.
I'm not a secretive person. If you read what I write, you will probably end up with a better grasp of my character than people I've known for years. But there are things I consider common sense that others have no idea exist. There's a variety of habits I adopted along the ways to make myself a better writer. This is what I mean by a writer's secrets: the things I do to better myself as a writer that have become second nature and ingrained into my being, the things that someone else might not even think about doing but I've been doing since I was ten.
If you want in on the secrets I'm referring to, check out this page. The list will continue to grow as I think about some of the things I do, but it's already enough to get you started! Also, don't forget to look at the Tools I've provided! These have come together over years or writing and trying to make myself a better writer.
Some more of my secrets are hinted at or out-and-out stated in the quotes found on this set of pages, so don't forget to read them, as well!
More on my creative process will find its way out of me, given the time.
When I read, I don't just limit myself to one nation of origin --or any particular nature. I read a lot of manga (Japanese graphic novels), but I also have enjoyed reading "Tao Te Ching", Nietzsche, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Emily Dickinson's poetry, and Shakespearian plays. When I read, I want variety, and it shows in the things I write. Reading expands your world view. When I read all of these different things, I feel like the world is opening up before me. ~SinsofMidnight