Romance Weekly's Authors answer questions about serious and non-so-serious aspects of writing. Enjoy! This week the questions come from...me!
1. If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?
Gesturing with my hands, mouthing words, squeezing my eyes shut. The worst is when I'm in the car alone. I carry on my characters' dialogue aloud. Strange, I know. It just helps to hear the words out loud. They carry more impact, I guess. Besides, the words belong to the characters, not me. I'm just the conduit.
2. Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?
Writing relieves stress. If someone ticks me off, I save it up and spew it into the story. Sometimes I make a character like a real life person and torture them (not literally). Very therapeutic. Like a voodoo doll on paper. It's also a creative outlet. I need to write or the voices in my head don't leave me alone. Once the characters' story is on paper, that's where they exist and some other folks move in. And I get all the adventure I want and need without the angst and danger.
3. How do you feed your muse?
Peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. No, just kidding. I read alot of thrillers and conspiracy adventure books. What I call men's fiction. I also watch what I call geek TV. Shows on the History, Military History, Smithsonian, Destination America and SyFy channels. Whatever catches my fancy. Much of it inspires facets of my plots or characters.
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5/20/2014 10:38:51 am
Mmmmm - Nutella! Reading dialogue out loud is a must.
5/20/2014 11:00:45 am
Carrying on conversations by yourself is normal. Isn't it? Now I'm worried.
5/20/2014 11:22:54 am
You & I writing in the same room would make great comedy. Loved these questions this week, Carolyn!
5/20/2014 12:45:53 pm
I just realized when reading your post that I talk to myself in the car, too. Damn and I thought the man on the Harley was checking me out. Turns out her was giving me the 'beware the crazy lady' eye slide
5/20/2014 01:45:46 pm
We need to get you a coffee mug that matches mine: If you were in my book, I'd have killed you off by now.
5/20/2014 03:49:36 pm
Thanks for a great post!
5/20/2014 04:04:31 pm
It does help to hear the dialogue out loud. I know my family thinks I'm borderline insane most times when they walk in a room and find me doing this exact thing :) Loved your blog!!!
5/20/2014 05:16:53 pm
A fellow geek who watches those same channels I do. I love it. There is good stuff on there for idea gathering. I'm also a fan of peanut butter and Nutella but on a spoon!
5/20/2014 11:36:20 pm
Ooh, I'll take the peanut butter and nutella sandwich! I love your idea of practising your dialogue out loud. A great idea to make it sound smooth and natural. I may have to try it!
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