Every once in a while, I like to ponder lists. If I were stranded on a desert island, what five things would I bring? Who would I eat dinner with, of any person living or dead? What are my favorite books, movies, albums, etc?
So, what do I need as a writer of fiction? DavidZahir preceded me with a great post of the four things he needs.
So, ladies and gentlemen, here is my recipe for writing!
Take one notebook and one blue pen: Yes, pen and paper. Despite my horrific handwriting, I feel most creative when committing ideas directly to paper. The smooth roll of the ink beneath my fingertips is quite conducive to thinking. As great as word processors are for recording scenes and stories (and organizing them), for me, nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a crisp white sheet of paper.
Add a dash of research: Libraries and the internet make this step much easier. As I write historical fiction (and sci fi influenced by actual events), this is an important step. A lot of inspiration comes from the pages of other books, scientific, historical, etc.
Mix in one cup of strong tea: Being teetotal, my poison of choice is a strong, hot cuppa. Cuppas calm me down and get me in a more productive frame of mind.
A pinch of laughs: When things get stressful, either in the story or while writing, keeping a sense of humor is essential.
Here are the rest of the AW Blog Chain participants!
1. DavidZahir – http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/
2. shethinkstoomuch – http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com
3. Lost Wanderer – http://lostwanderer5.blogspot.com/
4. aimeelaine – http://www.aimeelaine.com/
5. Ravencorinncarluk – http://raven.youareannoying.us/
6. Bsolah – http://www.benjaminsolah.com/blog/
7. Charlotte49ers – http://www.amandaplavich.com/
8. Angyl78 – http://jelyzabeth.wordpress.com/
9. truelyana – http://expressiveworld.com/
10. Claire Crossdale – http://theromanticqueryletter.blogspot.com/
7 thoughts on “Beth’s Writerly Recipe!”
Oh, I just love this for tea is my poison as well and thanks to Winners I’ll never want for variety. This part totally kills Simone for I too write with blue ink [Bic to be exact and only the ones in the transparent cylinder] in notebooks. I love the way it ages, the blue ink bleeding its very essence into the pages. I totally dig this post.
All the very best.
Although I’d have a paper and a mechanical pencil, not a pen.
And . . . I prefer iced tea, though a hot cup of tea is fine too.
I love the list, though I would replace tea with coffee 😉 Coffee addict and proud of it.
Oh man! I missed another Blog Chain.
Oh well, keep up the good work.
Pinch of humor…I think I need more than that.
Humor is the best medicine, right? 🙂 No matter whether in writing or life in general. Enjoy!
Another old fashioned writer and a tea drinker too. Must be a theme? Humor… well if what some of our characters got themselves into was actually real, it may be funny.