Wow, I’ve been falling behind in this A-Z challenge. But just like in writing books, falling behind is okay. What matters is that you keep trying.
L is for luck. Ever since I was a child, I’ve had this strange skill—finding four leaf clovers. When I was little, I could put my hand on the ground and there’d be two or three four leaf clovers there. I must’ve found hundreds of them as a child.
M is for Missouri. I grew up in Missouri. I can still remember the summers that were so hot that it felt like your face melted off when you stepped outside. (Imagine sticking your face near an oven). And the winters with the snow that never lasted long enough for more than a few snow days. I remember chasing fireflies and the sting of mosquito bites. The lapping of water and the smell of worms and mud as I sat at a lake, fishing with my parents. Remember, the more details, the more real your setting will be.
N is for notes. I don’t do this as often as I should, but sometimes I take notes about life events to remember how that moment in time feels. When I read the seventh Harry Potter book for the first time, I ended up staying up for like 40 some hours because I had to work and then had other plans and then stayed up all night reading. After I finished, I wrote down how I felt so that if I ever had a character who was exhausted, I’d know what it felt like.
O is for oops. I’m accident prone. I’m messy. That’s life and I’m okay with it.
P is for pearls. I love pearls. I wore them at my wedding. It was a strand of pearls that my mom always wore and she gave them to me a few years ago. I think pearls are so classy. Does your character have any favorite jewelry? Do they have something special that was given to them from a loved one?
Q is for quiet. Do you write in silence? I can’t. I have to have distractions or I can’t focus. If I’m alone in an empty room, I don’t write, but if there are people coming and going or a tv on, I can write a lot. Do distractions help your writing or slow it down?