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If you've joined me from S. C. Mitchell, welcome! Here are my answers:
If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?
Sitting with my eyes closed, sniffing. For some scenes the setting is vital to the mood. I like to visualize it in my mind before I start to write, although visualizing implies only seeing it. I try to put myself right in the scene and not only see where I am, but touch it, hear it and smell it. Scent evokes strong memories, and I like to use it as often as I can. Here's an exercise for you – visualize your local library or bookstore. Can you just smell the paper and ink? Hear the creak of wooden floors boards as you browse the stacks? Feel your fingers bumping along the smooth spines as you trace the shelves? Now write a paragraph about that library or bookstore without using descriptors that imply sight.
Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?
In my day job, I am also a writer – of television commercials. So I suppose you can say writing benefits me because it pays the bills. But writing novels benefits me by keeping my brain engaged as I work through plot points and character foibles. It forces me to do my chores so I can carve out time to write. And it keeps me happy. When I'm not writing, I feel like I should be, and the guilt makes me cranky!
How do you feed your muse?
Reading, reading and more reading. All kinds of books (although mostly other romance) whenever and wherever I can. There are certain writers – Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Courtney Milan – who inspire me to write, if only I can tear myself away from their books. But even books that don't pull me in help me. When I'm reading a book that doesn't quite work for me I analyze why it doesn't. Does it feel overwritten to me? Are the characters a little too perfect? Is the plot flowing naturally or does it feel forced? All of this sends me back to my laptop with the competitive urge to make my manuscript better, by learning from what I didn't connect with.
Now it's time to move on and see what odd things Nina Mason does when she's writing!