Welcome to this week’s installment of Romance Weekly! This week is all about the process of writing–inspiration, creativity, and the simple action. If you’re here, hopefully you linked from Collette Cameron.
Let’s get to it!
1. If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?
Uh… I don’t know. I have a tendency to mutter to myself. A lot. Often, swear words (hey, I write after the kids go to bed. I figure it’s my time to let my language fly… but you never know when little ears might be listening, so I only mutter). A sample conversation with myself might go something like this:
Me: This doesn’t work. *Expletive*
Me: Maybe I can make it work.
Me: This still sucks.
Me: *Expletive* (Then I hit delete key many, many times)
Me: *Expletive* I should have saved that. It wasn’t that bad.
Me: Nah, it doesn’t matter.
Me: What’s wrong with my computer now?
2. Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?
I think the creative outlet is the most important part of the process. At least it is for me. I’m not going to get rich doing this (not that I would turn down Nora Roberts money… but I’d probably have to write like Nora Roberts to get it, and I can’t do that. I’m a book a year kind of girl), so having some sort of creative outlet is necessary for me.
But I guess it does benefit me in other ways. Often, I’ll find bits of my husband in my characters. Since I tend to love my characters, it reminds me why he’s great. I think, when you’ve been with a person for a long time (in my case, really all of my adult life), sometimes you can forget why you fell in love with him/her. For me, writing these characters, I’m reminded why I love the man that I do. Even when he drives me bonkers.
3. How do you feed your muse?
My muse is like a dog: easily distracted and likes to go for car rides.
Actually, that’s so true it’s a little sad.
I like a long drive in the car. When we have the time, which is not that often anymore, husband and I will pick a destination and drive there. It makes for a long day, but we’ve gone to some cool places. One day, thinking that the place we were going was “not that far,” we drove to central Nevada and found some cool petroglyphs, which started us on our quest to find more of them through out the state. We’ve gone to some cool places because of that one accidental find.
Why not go to Jami Denise and see how she answered these same questions!