- Cry Little Sister (L.A. Guns)
- Don’t Close Your Eyes (Kix)
- Ballad of Jayne (L.A. Guns)
- Nobody’s Fool (Cinderella)
- Fly to the Angels (Slaughter)
- Edie (Ciao Baby)
- House of Pain (Faster Pussycat)
I’ve only recently come out of the writing closet. For years, I have written secretly, under cover of darkness. I’m not sure if I was more afraid of what readers would think of my work or what my family would say.
Most of my family don’t know I write steamy romance novels. I daresay that their disapproval of my genre choice would be detrimental to my writing and my progress as a person. Therefore, I keep my author self separate from them because at the end of the day, I must write.
So many times we are held back because of the fear of judgement. Why do we do that? Let’s build each other up, instead! The things we could do (for each other and the world)!
My whole mindset is different at night. I have the “get things done” state of mind going on during the daylight hours, but when nighttime rolls around and things get quiet, my mind shifts gears.
NaNoWriMo even has a night of writing dangerously. Maybe it’s ingrained into us to behave and think differently at night. Maybe it’s all the spooky things that lurk in the dark corners of our consciousness. Everything is mystical and poetic through the lens of sunless silence.
Sometimes, you sip coffee, scribble in your notebook, and something magical happens. You wake up, read what you wrote the night before and think, “Holy hell, where did that come from?” and feel like an insomniatic god.
Maybe try it at night, in the dark, or by moonlight.
- Don’t Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra)
- Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
- Give A Little Bit (Supertramp)
- Jet Airliner (Steve Miller)
- Listen to the Music (The Doobie Brothers)
- Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh)
- You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
- China Grove (Doobie Brothers)
- Stuck in the Middle with You (Jim Hornsby)
- Burnin for You (Blue Oyster Cult)
- Crazy on You (Heart)
- Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
- Sunshine Superman (Donovan)
Here’s a list of the apps and programs I’ve been using lately to help me write and market my writing. Some of these have been awesome time savers and I just thought I’d pass them along to those interested.
- Scrivener. I love this software. I still use Word primarily for writing, but this program has helped me to organize my thoughts, pre-writing, first drafts, plot outlines, and character and scene details in one place.
- Pinterest. Pinterest gets the ideas flowing and allows me to get visual cues for the world and characters I’m trying to create.
- Canva. This has been the easiest to use stock photography and graphic program I’ve tried. Love the photo editor.
- Coffitivity. This site lets you listen to different coffee shop backgrounds if you are more productive with a static noise rather than music.
- Book Report. This is an add-on for Chrome that lets me see exactly how much money I’ve made from Amazon.
- Kindlepreneur. Great website with a ton of information about Amazon, keywords, ad strategies, and more.
- Upwork. This site lets you find independent editors, ghost writers, proofreaders, book cover designers, and more. Maybe even offer services to make an extra buck or two.
- Yellow Ledbetter (Pearl Jam)
- One Headlight (The Wallflowers)
- Linger (The Cranberries)
- Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band)
- Smooth (Rob Thomas, Santana)
- Loser (Beck)
- Losing My Religion (REM)
- What’s Up (4 Non Blondes)
- No Rain (Blind Melon)
- Bullet with Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins)
There’s a certain mindset you just have to be in (clears throat) to write romance. Sometimes you’re not in that space, mentally or emotionally. Thank goodness that music has the effect it does on us.
Sometimes all it takes is a little spark to start the fire.
Behold, the match.
- Call My Name (Dan Owen)
- Electric Man (Rival Sons)
- Berlin (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
- #1 Zero (Audioslave)
- Red (The Blackwater Fever)
- Embers (Band of Skulls)
- Black Magic (Band of Skulls)
- Thieves & Kings (The Peach Kings)
- Fever (The Black Keys)
- Fires (Band of Skulls)
- Do I Wanna Know? (The Arctic Monkeys)
- Secret (Rival Sons)
- In The Dark (Reignwolf)
- Wild Animal (Rival Sons)
- Love Burns (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
If you come to my house at two in the afternoon, I will probably still be in my pajamas. I won’t have combed my hair and I probably haven’t been out of the bed very long.
I am not lazy. I do have a job. I am a writer.
Sometimes, I write all night and can still get up and do all the things that normal people do, but that won’t be the day that you come to visit. The day you come visit me, I will have stayed up till dawn, slept two hours, and then managed to make it to the coffee pot before hitting the sofa to do it again.
I know not all writers have this crazy existence, but a lot of us do.
So, don’t judge too harshly. We’re not bums. 🙂
I posted the other day about how much I loved Pinterest for book promos. Here’s another thing I’ve found to love about it and it’s an app called Tailwind.
This app lets you schedule pins to as many of your boards as you like, whenever you want them to be pinned. It’s such a time saver and at $10 per month, much more affordable than running ads everywhere.
As a bonus: it also works with Instagram.
You can get a free trial and see what you think. So far, I love it.
Here’s another one for you. This playlist is mainly southern blues rock, but there is one band that is from Australia thrown in there that just fits. There are about 80 songs in this list, so I’ll add the link and then post my 15 faves.
- Can’t Help Yourself (The Blackwater Fever)
- Deep Alleyway Blues (Leopold and His Fiction)
- Red Wine (The Juke Joint Pimps)
- Set Me Down (Left Lane Cruiser)
- Southern Boy (John the Conqueror)
- Long Road (Cashman)
- The Walking Crawl (Henry’s Funeral Shoe)
- All I Think About (Beans & Fatback)
- Fine Line (Parker Millsap)
- In The Dark (Reignwolf)
- Thieves and Kings (The Peach Kings)
- Shine (Heavy Young Heathens)
- Low Lays The Devil (The Veils)
- Ain’t No Easy Way (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
- Beat The Devil’s Tattoo (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)