In my 15 or so years as a writer, I've used all sorts of tips, tricks, and techniques to help keep the words flowing. Some tips were obvious, others simple but effective. A few were just, well, kind of weird. Whatever works, I say, and to that end, I thought I'd start sharing Weird Writing Tips that have helped me.
What's a chick anthem? It's a song that empowers and motivates women. They don't have to be sung by chicks, but many are. Guys have anthems as well. Eye of the Tiger is an example of a pump-you-up, motivational song. My husband has it on his workout playlist. And heck yeah, ladies can use this as an anthem as readily as guys can get pumped listening to my chosen Katy Perry anthem (see below).
Gotta get pumped to write!
What's weird about music as inspiration? After all, many writers listen to music while writing. I select pieces that fit the mood of the scene I'm writing (preferably instrumentals so I don't get caught up in the lyrics instead of my own prose). But I'm not talking about playing music for atmosphere while writing. I'm talking about getting amped up and motivated to sit down and write in the first place. Now, I listen to music that will get me feeling powerful, positive, and ready to tackle anything before I get rolling. Chick anthems are great for this, and put me in a go-getter frame of mind.
So the weird tip is: Listen to pump-you-up chick (or guy) anthems BEFORE sitting down to a writing session.
Another "weird" thing about today's tip is that I didn't learn it from a writer. I saw it on videos about how to be a successful YouTube vlogger. (I was doing research for my tween, who is studying vlogs as a school elective.) Successful vloggers recommend getting "amped" to produce their work by listening to upbeat music, dancing around, etc. ahead of time. I figured if it worked for them, it was worth a shot for me...and it has definitely been useful.
This week's chick anthem is great for getting in the mood to kick some writing butt--Roar by Katy Perry:
So put on your best anthems and let 'em hear you roar with your next writing session! ~~~
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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.
On Sundays, I share tidbits of my works in progress as part of Weekend Warrior’s 8-Sentence Sunday. This week, I continue with my latest project, a bondage fantasy titled Bound to Her Master.
Last week, Ti-Hana was preoccupied by the sight of her Master being primped by servants during a break at the slave games. Let's move straight ahead now, where intermission is over and it is at last time for Lord Stepanyan to reveal his beautiful slave to the waiting crowd.
to the dressing area opened, and Lord Stepanyan paused at the threshold. The
din of thousands of conversations heightened briefly, and then stopped when he
stepped forward. Ti-Hana kept behind him, pressed to his back as close as she could considering her girth and his forward momentum. Silence swelled in the
air around her, and she knew all eyes were again focused on the arising
lordship and his entourage--including the pregnant slave who was again hidden
flourish, Lord Stepanyan stepped aside, a cue for the guards behind her to
retreat into subtle obscurity. Then there she was, exposed to the scrutiny of
the crowd while wearing nothing but strands of gold chain threaded through her
hair and draped strategically over her body. The feel of eyes on her from every
direction brought the prickle of goose bumps, and when she caught sight of the
arena below, she gasped in shock. There she was, a fifty-foot specter looming
midair on some kind of supernatural Jumbotron, staring back
at herself with wide eyes and flushed cheeks. Apparently, she’d been deemed
enough of a curiosity to win fifteen seconds of big-screen fame. For the
first time since her arrival in this strange land, Ti-Hana saw the sensual beauty in her
pregnant form the way the gods saw it, and she stroked a hand slowly,
deliberately over the round of her abdomen.
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On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!
Hey guys! Oh, it's great to be sharing a recipe with you again, and I'll have to say this one is an easy treat that will knock your socks clean off. Really. Straight across the room. Forget that it's still the dog days of summer and way too hot to light the oven. Whip these babies up and you won't regret it. (Especially if a scoop of ice cream on the side is involved.)
Brownie Baking Champ!
Mike took Bri camping in the mountains last weekend with the 4H club, and even though I was stuck working down in the "flatlands", I wanted them to be able to take a little bit of mama lovin' along. What better way than to send a batch of brownies to share (or not)? There was just one problem: I'd eliminated table sugar and regular flour from my pantry some time back, and I didn't want to buy whole bags of each just for one recipe. So I decided to start with a packaged cake mix. The prep was so simple that my daughter did it all herself. We whipped up two batches--some for fellow campers, some for me to share with my co-workers. Okay, plus a few extra that I squirreled away Just For Me. Oh, my! Mountain folk and flatlanders alike went bonkers for these. They declared Bri a master baker who can make brownies for them anytime. Oh-So Chocolatey Fudge Brownies from Cake Mix Ingredients
This is the mix we used...and wowee!
1 box chocolate cake mix (we used two different kinds, and I'll have to say the winner by a mile was Betty Crocker's Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge-WOW) 1 egg 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee (you CAN skip this, but it really brings out the chocolate flavor, so yeah) 1 stick butter, melted. I go for the gusto here and use the real thing rather than margarine 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup your favorite chopped nuts (optional) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. (I confess, because it was 106 degrees on the day we baked these, I skipped the preheat and gave the brownies a closer scrutiny while baking.) Grease a brownie pan--11x9 is ideal, but 9x9 works great if you like a thicker brownie (expect your baking time to increase a bit). Pour dry cake mix into a medium bowl, then add egg, coffee, and butter and combine well. The result will not look like your usual pourable cake batter. This should end up as a thick, spreadable brownie-style mix. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs or a bit of fudginess is fine--and watch out that you haven't stabbed a melted chocolate chip by mistake and declared the batter raw). Be sure to let these cool before cutting. Smallish squares work well here, as these babies are rich! These most definitely need no frosting--they have plenty enough wow factor to stand on their own. That said, I can heartily support serving with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of French vanilla ice cream on the side...yum!
J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!