- Quiet. Or instrumental music. I love Paramore. I love Regina Spektor. I love really loud funk and disco and Jethro Tull. However, I can't write when music with lyrics is playing. I get distracted. (I probably need Ritalin.)
but it is lovely...
- Food. I love hearty soups--stuff that I can ladle into a bowl, slurp up, and get back to writing. Pistachio nuts are also great--it takes me time to shell one, and while I'm doing that, my brain gets a break, and sometimes an inspired event occurs.
1. Cook one 12-oz. package of center-cut bacon. Cook until well done.2. Remove the bacon from the pan. Drain half of the grease (leaving 3 tablespoons).
3. Add one 18-oz. package of romaine hearts lettuce. Cook until well-wilted.
4. Chop the cooked bacon into half-inch pieces. Add the bacon to the lettuce.
5. Add 4 cans of tomatoes (fire-roasted ones—by Hunts—work well), liquid along with
6. Add 4 cups of chicken stock.
7. Add 2 tablespoons of “seasoning for greens.” (You can find this in most spice shops.
It's optional, but it does add some kick to the soup.)
8. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke.
9. Bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat. Stir in one cup of grated parmesan cheese. Simmer
for 30 minutes.
Adjust spices as needed. You can serve with some croutons in each bowl of soup.
- Honesty. I appreciate my critique group. They tell the truth. When my beginning stinks, they tell me. When my story is confusing, they say, "Huh? You lost me..." When my ending falls flat, they give me suggestions to help pick it up. Writers who want their writing to grow don't need a fan club to surround them--they need honest critique of their work.
What do you need as a writer?