Meet Me Monday: My Writing Routine

Hot Air Balloon

Happy Monday, y’all! I had an awesome weekend. Autumn made a grand entrance Saturday morning and has officially stolen the show from late-lingering summer. Autumn in New Mexico is glorious. It’s cool, crisp, and overcast. The leaves are changing and we have Balloon Fiesta so every time you look up, you’re practically guaranteed to see a few hot air balloons. In case you were wondering, I’m wearing tights and boots today–so it’s official.

Hot Air Balloon on the Rio Grande

My Writing Routine

I can’t write in silence. My ideal writing environment is in a room with a TV on which I can play endless DVD’s. My favorite writing movies are the Harry Potters (I probably watched all 8, 3 times a week, every week for about 4 months while writing my second novel), You’ve Got Mail, and Pride and Prejudice. It has to be a movie I know so well I don’t have to pay attention to know what’s going on. Silence for me, equals mind wandering. Background noise helps me to focus on my own narrative. The added bonus of having a movie going: If Writer’s Block dares to try and show it’s tacky face, I can watch my movie a few moments and 99% of the time, I’ll see something or hear some dialog that bunny trails into completely unrelated imagination. And by completely unrelated, I do mean, completely unrelated. Once, I was watching the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Gryffindor sparked a line of dialog about classic cars in a scene I was working on.

When I wrote The Golden Apple I had just graduated from college and didn’t have a day job or any pressure from my husband to get one. I would wake up, go for a walk, drink my coffee, put on my movie, and start writing around 9:30. Some days I would start to get queasy and realize it was 4 pm and I hadn’t eaten anything or gone to the bathroom all day. I was so consumed by that novel and so thankful for the freedom I had to pursue it with all my focus and attention.

When I wrote Lovelee I added The Devil Wears Prada and Season 1 of The Paradise to my Harry Potter rotation for fashion inspiration. I also spent a lot of time “researching” online at Saks, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. When I had an outfit idea for Lovelee, I would go online and try to find something similar to help the image come alive for me. It was very fun but I had to frequently remind myself if I didn’t spend more time writing than shopping online, I’d never be able to afford the things I was looking at.

P.s. I stole the idea for Meet Me Monday from a fabulous Facebook group I’m part of so a big, “Thank you!” to all the wonderful, inspiring writers over at Chick Lit Chat HQ.

Do you have a writing routine? Does it change for each work or is it consistent across all your pieces?

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