Writing. At some point, I hope I'll figure out how to do it successfully. Until then, every new book presents the thrilling adventure of "Am I going to make it this time?" Here are some weird things that helped me limp across the finish the line. I'm curious. Anybody have other "creative" things that have helped when you needed it most?
Thinking socks: I've amassed a collection of socks to help my creativity flow. Don't ask me how they work.
Background noise: My setting is Miami. To me, that means one show: Burn Notice. No, I'm not writing about a burned spy (although I yearn to some days, mainly when I'm behind on the book I should be working on), but the scenery, the music, the sun and sand, and the mojitos all work.
A little atmosphere: Pineapple. That's the candle that sputtered and died as I rounded the corner into the final chapter. Salsa music. Yes, really. There's a scene that depended upon it, and I learned that music can drown out the"I don't know what happens next" panic in my head.
As always, the best motivator and guarantee I'll get some writing done is a deadline breathing down my neck. That works like a charm! I'd love to hear some crazy, creative tips and tricks to get your brain moving. They don't even have to be related to writing! And if you're interested in Miami, Key West, sun, sand, salsa, and cubanos, have I got a series coming up for you? I hope so. I really do. I've written one book. Who knows whether I'll remember how to do it all over again for book two.