Sunday, November 28, 2010

Writing Gimmicks

Osiyo~

I was surfing the sites I like today. Should be writing, but needed to check my social networks and offer comments first. I’ve been waiting for something new for the ole blog to jump into my head, and then I had an epiphany in mid-browse. So here I am, writing as I should be—just on the wrong page and about the wrong content. It still counts, right?

How many of you out there write with music? I know, old subject, and not what I’m blogging about today, regardless of how this reads now. Hear me out before you run for the hills, or Christine Bell’s site (which is way more fun if you have to choose between the two escapes). Music is important to my writing, I’ve discovered. It affects my mood, content mood, sets a scene for me at times, like when one of those hot cowboys serenade! Yeah, I love country music best, though I listen to Katie Perry and other pop musicians. I dig 60’s music. So music is a good part of writing for me for various reasons—including blocking out hubby’s tv.

I also enjoy a writing treat. A snack I can take to the chair with me to keep my energy boosted, and my butt seated. Chocolate is a preferred snack, like the chocolate martini cheesecake I had yesterday during crits. Can you think of a better time to eat chocolate than during crits and revisions? Nope, me neither. And havta have my coffee. 

Add, to my list of writing gimmicks, friends. I have, absolutely NEED, to check in with others throughout the days, just to remind myself I’m not alone in this business. So often as a writer it tosses us into a closed room for hours of self-induced solitary confinement.  That’s where Twitter (find me @CalisaMS), Facebook/calisaselfridge, blogs, eHarlequin, various writing groups I chat with, and here-my blog- comes in. The wonderful people in the same industry boost my enthusiasm. They inspire me, whether through good writing or bad (in my opinion only), to write the best I personally can. To keep trudging forward toward publication. So I must keep them in my writing day.

But the real topic of the day—Scents. It came to me as I was not-writing-when-I-should-be today. I went to a gun and knife show in the city with hubby yesterday and—of course, why the heck not—there was a Scentsy booth smack dab in the middle of the many arms booths. My daughter had gone to a Scentsy party not long ago and gave me some of the Butterscotch. It’s not a candle, just the scented candle wax you put in a cutesy tin with a tea light underneath to melt it. The aroma goes everywhere. Hubby usually asks what I’m burning, or cooking, depending on the length of time it’s been on.
I stumbled across the scent booth at the show and stopped to ‘check it out’. No plain vanilla, my fave scent, but there were a few exotic vanillas I didn’t care for. Then, I dug in a basket and found Lavender Vanilla. I put that one to melt today and it makes me feel relaxed as I write. What a concept. 
So I’m wondering how my Christmas Berry, Cinnamon, Spiced Apple, and the other scents I normally use, affect my writing comfort. I’m now on a mission to try each at different times, maybe one a week, to see if they make me feel differently surrounded by the smells I love. Will my fave vanilla actually cause me to write less, faster, more clear-headed? Will Lavender Vanilla actually induce sleepiness by relaxing me too much? Oh, I hope not because I really like the new scent! Does Apple Spice make me hungry and I’ve just never noticed?
We’ll see what happens over the next month or two. I really enjoy my scents and have a few favorites. 

In the meantime, what does your ‘Writing Gimmicks’ list look like? What smells affect you in one way or another while writing? I really want to know if you out there use or do anything on a strictly routine—have to—basis to help you write.

Dodadagohvi~

14 comments:

Christine Bell said...

lol, your blog is very entertaining! And I love candles etc. but my sense of smell is so bad that I can only smell them if I am right on top of them. I'm jealous of your vanilla lavender! Love my coffee when I write though, for sure.

Gale Stanley said...

Interesting post! Haven't thought about scents but I gotta have coffee and peanut M&Ms. And music, I like everything and my iPOD is full.

Calisa Lewis said...

Thanks Christine and Gale. Yeah, gotta have my coffee! I want an iPOD! Got dd one for Christmas a couple years ago and it mysteriously walked last year. Now I can't even borrow it. lol

Chris, I'll get lavender vanilla and give it away in my first sale contest!

Ally said...

Love the post! I've not thought about scents before and haven't had any burning while writing. I do have to have my music on. I'm so anal about it that each book has its own play list. Depending if kids are home, or not, then headphones have to be on if hubby is home as well. Also, a bottle of water or pop is with me at all times. I'm going to have to try the candles this week and see what happens.

Nas Dean said...

Love this post and soaking up all the tips and information!

Calisa Lewis said...

Soak up the scents while you're at it, Nas! Did you see my comment to Chris? When my first book sells (really soon) I'm going to give away the lavender vanilla with holder, and maybe even some of my fave music! Along with a signed copy of the book...naturally. ;)

Hey, ya'll tweet, facebook, whatever, this post plz.

Li said...

One of my favorite scents is "Frankincense." It's expensive, and I only have a small amount of it left, but ... I love it.

Calisa Lewis said...

I haven't 'scented' Frankincense. Is it spicy, floral? I didn't pay much for the 1oz tub I bought. $2. Now I wish I'd dug to the bottom of the basket to find other scents I might like. That is my set in the picture. Daughter gifted me the melting pot w/the butterscotch cubes she gave me.

I'd never considered how scents might affect my writing until now.

Sandy said...

I've tried music and it distracts me too much. I tend to sing along and lose my train of thought. Hadn't thought of scents. I keep a few pieces of hard candy near by and "reward" myself with a piece now and again (if I've been good and stayed with the WIP). And, when I finish for the day another reward is a few hands of Spider
Solitaire before shutting down. Now -- where do I find chocolate martini cheesecake?

Calisa Lewis said...

We went for lunch afterward at Shorty Smalls redneck restaurant and had huge-ass burgers. I got the cheesecake there. Must find a recipe. It's like chocolate mousse but denser. Delish!

Melinda said...

I haven't tried candles - I've done Redbull and coffee fo' sho! You know me - no music or snoring cats.

Calisa Lewis said...

Lol Melinda. You and your Red Bull! oh, yes, and silence! See, I can't do those cold drinks like Red Bull. I need my 'hot' coffee. Though if I don't intend to keep anything I write, I might have a glass of wine. Usually does the writing in though. :-/

mitchell said...

Husbands TV is a little load. Ok it is alot load. Sorry sweetie. Love You

Calisa Lewis said...

That's ok honey, I understand. :-) And I love you too.