When I write, I surround myself with things that inspire me. I have a particular totem that I have nearby when writing the Akasha Chronicles stories – a beautiful, winged faerie of the wood that I named Nissa. See that little bottle in front of her? It’s a spell bottle made for me by a wonderful woman in Ireland. It’s full of Irish herbs, flowers and positive energy. This is my little ‘shrine’ to Emily Adams that helps fuel my imagination while writing the Akasha Chronicles.
This particular totem and the spell bottle are fitting for the Akasha Chronicles. Both Emily’s House (Book 1) and Emily’s Trial (Book 2) deal with Celtic myth, legend and Irish lore.
Speaking of inspiration and beauty, this is my view outside of my office window.
Blue skies and mountains! Okay, the roofs of the houses aren’t very inspirational, but you get the idea. I look over the roofs toward the majesty of the peaks when I need a pick-me-up. When I’m writing new material, I try to get outside for a walk every day. Is there anything more inspirational than God’s beauty?
I create vision boards from time to time, little inspirational pick-me-ups that help remind me of what’s important. My current vision board reminds me of why I write in the first place. That’s right – FUN!
Believe it or not, this is something that most writers need reminded of from time-to-time. Sure, writing can be fun. But a lot of the time, it feels more like this:
Even with mountains, blue sky, totems and vision boards, writing is damned hard.
Most of the time, I write on my laptop. I have a larger screen that I can hook it up to, but I like the intimacy of the words being closer to me when I write. And I’ve GOT to have music – always – when I write. Most of the time I listen to music without words when I’m writing – don’t want to start writing a story that steals lyrics from ‘Moves Like Jagger’! But I create a playlist ‘soundtrack’ for each book that I write. I play my soundtrack before I write to help get me into the right frame of mind.
But sometimes, I write with pen to paper. I’m picky about my writing tools. I only write new material for a book on Moleskine notebooks with a Dr. Grip pen. I know – high maintenance! I’ll take notes on lesser notebooks, but for inspirational words to flow, I need the smooth writing surface of a Moleskine. (Notice my ever-present Diet Coke – my must-have drink at around 3:00 p.m. each day!)
I’ve been using pen to paper more often lately. My creativity seems enhanced by the action of the pen to paper. I’ll probably write most of my next novel in a Moleskine. Can you say hand cramps?!
There you have it. A small peak into my writing world.