Little Strange Things

Sometimes, it’s the little things that help us to get into the mood to write. Once, when I was having trouble focusing on what I was writing, I got up to distract myself. I put on a pair of red heels that I hadn’t gotten the occasion to wear yet, and suddenly I felt like a million bucks, or at least a couple hundred thousand. I felt empowered and creative. I’m not sure what it was about those red shoes – maybe they had a tint of those ruby slippers.

It’s not happened since.

The story I was working on happened to be a romance between a young man from a small town and a young woman who moonlighted as a high-end escort. I suppose those shoes helped me get into the mood of the story, the mood of a high-end escort. Now, these shoes of mine are not stripper shoes. They’re more summer-weekend-wedding, but something about them in that moment threw me into the zone.

It’s strange how little things like that help us to visualize. While working on the Gilded Gauntlet, a steampunk/pirate/romance, I found that looking up pictures of tropical islands helped me get into the pirate mood. The visual side of a story is often the most powerful. I also re-watched “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Has this ever happened to you?

P.S. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy whatever you celebrate.

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