The Refreshed Writer
I’m starting to scare myself so I’m going to just give you a list of some of things I do to pump myself up. Just this weekend my daughter showed me a video that has gotten over a million hits. It made me laugh. I’ve probably watched it five times as of today. What happened to me was I started to get all these story ideas. My heartbeat increased to the point I felt like dancing to the music. I realized how happy it made me feel. It was unexpected but welcomed. After my company left I sat down and started writing like crazy. My head was clear and nothing seemed to get in the way.
Here is a list of some of the other things I love to do to help me get my writer’s head in place.
1. I have a couple of movies I watch over and over. They go along with the genre I love to write so that usually is all I need to feel like a romantic action character.
2. Read a book. If I take time to read at least 30 minutes every day then new words float in my head. It also teaches me a great deal about writing. What is it about this author’s story that makes it so compelling? James Rollins wrote the Judas Strain several years ago. His style shoved me into writing full time.
3. Music! Since I was a little girl I saw stories when I listened to music. My parents loved country music but because I studied piano I loved Tchaikovsky. They just shook their head in dismay. I could see people or animals running, escaping, dancing and living! I listen to music when I write. Sometimes I just sit and listen to soundtracks to help me see my characters and what they’re up to.
4. Meet friends for coffee.
5. Go to a bookstore and look at all the magazines I can’t afford to buy. Don’t forget the latte.
6. Writing conferences and writing group meetings. Being with other writers is like a shot in the arm.
7. Volunteer to read to younger children at your school library or in a classroom. They want to hear about writing and who better to tell them than you. I always come away refreshed.
8. Learn something new. I’m taking Hebrew lessons. It makes me feel empowered to help one of my characters that is a Biblical archaeologist.
9. Paper & Notebooks: I love these. Just finding a new paper outlet makes me tingle. Last Christmas my niece bought me a notebook that had been made from an old book about Robert E. Lee. She said it was for my words.
10. Pinterest: I find this an amazing place to figure out what my characters look like, where they live, the kind of clothes they wear and bits about what is happening to them. People who follow you will enjoy this as well.
Tell me about what you do to keep those dust bunnies where they belong-under the bed!