Sunday, October 25, 2009
What is your trigger?
Current Project:For a Sister's Love
I finished up edits last week on Doctor in Petticoats and returned to the book I'm co-writing.
Well, I tried to return to the book. I read what I had written (ten pages) twice, then all the information I'd gathered- twice - and then I read through the IM chats I've had with the other author and I was still having trouble gaining any momentum on the story.
I sat staring at my computer trying to figure out what was wrong. I was only ten pages into the story and it couldn't be going wrong already. And it dawned on me. Music!
I listen to instrumental bluegrass when I work on the Halsey brother books, Shania Twain and Reba MacIntyre when I wrote the Nanny book(every time I hear them Brock and Carina pop into my head), Native American music when writing the spirit books (which helped me get a cadence to the writing), and Chris LeDoux (ex-rodeo rider turned musician) for the rodeo book(Holt and Gina always surface when I hear LeDoux), and I listened to insturmental Christmas music on Pandora while writing the soon to be full length Christmas story.
I hadn't found the music for this story. I didn't like anything on Pandora, so I rummaged around in my cd's and found three(that's what my cd player holds at a time) I turned the player on, returned to the loft, and sure enough words started flowing. I added ten pages in the last two hours I had left to write. Now I know what I have to do to get into the book and keep the words coming. Turn on the cd player.
I know I've talked about his before and most of you like quiet to write, but I'm sure there is some trigger that puts you into the book or the writing mood. What is your trigger?