This post was inspired by an email from Bette Lee Crosby, author of Amazon 5-star rated Memory House and other heart-warming books. She wrote “Seven things you may not know about my writing life.” That got me inspired to write my own list.
- I write with a laptop, so I’m free to write wherever I like. I have several places around the house. My new favorite place is on the swing in our backyard.
- I usually put together a soundtrack for a book that I’m writing. I pick songs that fit the theme and the mood of the story. The music keeps me inspired and stimulates my creativity.
- I act out dialogue while I’m walking around the house or neighborhood. I’m surprised that my family and neighbors haven’t had me committed.
- I’ve stopped drinking Diet Coke because I didn’t like how it affected my body. I still get my writer-mandated dose of caffeine with a ice-blended cappuccino in the morning and the occasional ice tea.
- Some of my book ideas take a long time before I commit them to a page. A scene from Offline was based on a company meeting I went to in 1986. I started working on the ideas for Doria in the 1970s.
- I’m planning to revise some of my earlier works. One of them needs an update, and another one wasn’t as successful as I would have liked. A benefit of independent publishing is that it enables me to give my work a do-over when needed.
- My hometown of Reseda has a major influence on my writing. This is also true for my brother.
Want to tell us seven things about your writing life? Please post them in the comments.
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