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Every Writer Needs Inspiration

 CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE CONDUCIVE TO WRITING

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Writing fiction begins with setting the stage.  The props are photographs, scented candles, and whatever-it-takes to minimize daily distractions and whisk you away to never-never land.

When I was writing THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER, I lit a rose-scented candle and kept a photo of my favorite actor in front of me, but I needed more.  So I added a sound track.  A novel, like a movie, needs a sound track, although no one will hear it but the writer. 

Steven Curtis Chapman, 4 Him, Jars of Clay, Burt Bacharach, Sting, and many other composers contributed to the soundtrack of my imaginary “film.”  Songs like “Call Me Irresponsible,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “The Look of Love,” “Prologue,” “Blind,” and “Head Over Heels” inspired many scenes.

Props and music help, but nothing inspires me like visiting the places I want to write about.

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Romance in Films: Then and Now

English: Studio publicity portrait for film Sa...

English: Studio publicity portrait for film Sabrina with William Holden and Audrey Hepburn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hugh 6

Hugh 6 (Photo credit: Cool Guyz)

Hugh 4

Hugh 4 (Photo credit: Cool Guyz)

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Poster_-_Gone_With_the_Wind_01 (Photo credit: Jim Surkamp)

English: Screenshot from the original 1958 the...

English: Screenshot from the original 1958 theatrical trailer for the film Vertigo Frame taken from MPEG4. Note: This version of the original 1958 theatrical trailer is of significantly lower quality than the 1996 restoration theatrical trailer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Legend of Zorro

The Merry Widow (1925 film)

The Merry Widow (1925 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jane Eyre: Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender

Jane Eyre: Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender (Photo credit: Lyon & Pan)

English: Rudolph Valentino in "The Sheik&...

English: Rudolph Valentino in “The Sheik” (www.silentgents.com) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres in ...

English: Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres in “The Sheik.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you define romance?  It’s not raw, in-your-face sexuality.  It’s more subtle than that.  The pictures say it all.