I have the great pleasure of sharing with you an exciting debut author & my twitter buddy Roni Loren. She's shared amazing, insightful posts on her Fiction Groupie blog for a while now and I have learned so much from her. So here she is discussing recharging, inspiration & brain food....
I What Keeps My Writer Brain Fed
Writing is one of the best jobs in the world. We get to wear pajamas to work, we get to lie for a living, and we get to lose ourselves in imaginary worlds (and sometimes get paid for it, lol.) But it also can be a mentally draining career.
There are days I wake up and I just don’t have the words or my characters aren’t cooperating or I have some deadline looming and I’m in a panic because I’ve hit a block. You can’t depend on inspiration to finish a book. Some days, that muse is simply not going to be there and you have to get your word count in anyway.
But, I have found there are some things I can do to help get a ticket back to that lovely, magical place where my muse graces me with his presence.
Music – I’m infinitely inspired by music. I can hear two minute song and get an idea for an entire novel. Plus, listening to music (usually loud, pounding rock music in my case) is soothing for the soul. Going to a concert is even better.
Cooking – I love to cook. It’s an activity where I find my brain relaxes. Even the simple act of chopping vegetables can quiet my mind like nothing else. It seems silly but it’s almost like therapy for me to prepare a meal.
Reading – This is a given. If I stop reading, my writer brain shuts down. My brain needs to be refilled regularly with words. : )
Yoga – This is a recent discovery for me, but I’m totally in love. I started going to yoga to build some muscle and gain some flexibility, but the experience turned out to be so much more. If I’ve had a really tough day or can’t seem to get my head together, a nice sweaty yoga session will usually fix it.
My Family – I’m a lucky girl. I have a wonderful husband and a four-year old son who never fail to bring brightness into my day. Without them, I would never have been inspired to write all my happy ending stories. : )
And if all else fails, there’s always chocolate and beer! (Not together though.)
What inspires you? What do you do to recharge?
And don't forget to check out Roni's new book CRASH INTO YOU.
Brynn LeBreck has sedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagianed how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat-a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her, Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn's past.
Brynn know what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he's all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate-and so does the danger. Their hearts aren't the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. Her debut novel, CRASH INTO YOU, releases from Berkley Heat January 3, 2012. Website: www.roniloren.com