Lately I’ve been thinking about how I write. Not style, word choice, or my writing schedule, but the actual “how” of sitting down and writing a novel.
I have an active imagination for storylines, but need inspiration to get the thoughts flowing. Here’s how I do that…
For starters, I listen to music.
Right now, my personal favorites are the soundtrack to the movie All the Pretty Horses, and a cassette tape (I know, I have to drag out a tape player every time I want that one playing) filled with songs about The Oregon Trail from National Geographic.
I also surround myself with various props.
I write historicals so when I need inspiration for what my characters look like I go to an antique store and browse through the collections of photos of people. I have about seven such photos right now for my WIP (work in progress) in a pile right next to my desk.
Also, a silver jewel case is very significant to the storyline of my WIP. I found one I liked, complete with red velvet interior, and bought it. It resides right next to my desk. And, you can see it in the opening shots of my book trailer.
I often dress in “period pieces”.
Dressing in clothes/styles from the past allows me to get into the heads of my characters and gives me a sense of what it must have been like for the character to wear such clothes. This includes bonnets, floor-length skirts, frilly things, various styles of cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and a leather holster complete with the fake gun. (I included several of these in my book trailer)
And finally, this is what I tell myself when I think my writing is really, really bad, or really, really good.
What in particular inspires you while you’re completing a task?