Playlists and Ambient Background Noise

When I write, I like to have rain.  If it’s a beautiful sunny day, I still like to pretend there’s rain.  I use http://www.rainymood.com/ to get that happening.

Then I’ll have some music on.  I can’t write to anything with lyrics, I find it too distracting.  So I go for classical, or, more often lately, movie soundtracks.

I tailor playlists to whatever it is I’m writing.  My space western short stories have all been written to this one, and it’s proved helpful for other genres as well, lending a little bit of edge to my characters which I’m diggin’.

So, that’s that.  Noisy neighbours, traffic, the trains rolling by a hundred feet from where I sit, all fade away as I am pulled into focus by rain and music.

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?

Inspiration comes in so many forms.  The other day I saw this, and it’s been stuck in my brain in the most wonderful way.

I can say with almost 100% certainty that this will be the one and only time I will use the tag “Sick Slide Whistle Solo”.  Fantastic.

And here’s a TED talk on inspiration that I watch whenever I’m having a particularly rough time of it.  Thankfully I haven’t watched it in a while, but it’s good to know it’s there.  It offers a different way of thinking about creativity, and writing specifically.  It’s fantastic.

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

So, that’s all for today.  Still trying to get this Cowboys and Werewolves story done.

…but also finding myself plotting out my next book.  I’m quite excited about it; I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.

Sarah Salway at the CBC Book Club

On Thursday I had the great pleasure to attend a taping of the CBC Book Club for North by Northwest.

I’ve enjoyed listening to Sheryl MacKay host the Book Club for some time, and when my new friend Doris Ackerman on Saturna Island mentioned that her friend’s husband, the illustrious William Gibson, was going to be co-hosting a program, I decided to try and attend.

Then, a week after our trip to Saturna, Aaron shouted from the shower about something on the radio (we have a radio hooked to the lightswitch in the washroom, to provide CBC brand entreatment whenever the light is on).  I went to CBC.ca/BC/BookClub and entered to win tickets.  Days later, we were being escorted down into the thankfully air-conditioned CBC Studio One.

Admittedly, prior to her appearing on the Book Club, I was unfamiliar with Sarah Salway.  I did some reading up on her before the taping, and was delighted to see that she writes both novels and short stories.  I decided to ask her about her perspectives on writing them at the same time, and was delighted to hear both her and Mr. Gibson answer about their own writing process.

She was wonderful to hear, and I am going to get her book of short stories, Leading the Dance.  She read some excerpts, and they were funny, charming, real, and well written.  I enjoyed listening to her answer other questions from the audience as well.

I was on cloud nine for the whole night: real live authors, people who make money by writing!  Listening to both Sarah Salway and William Gibson share their insights was a treat that will stay with me, and inspire me, as I continue this journey to become an author.

Tune into North by Northwest on CBC Radio One (690 AM in Vancouver, or right here online), Saturdays, September 3rd & 10th, between 8 and 9 am both days to hear this Book Club.  You can hear her lovely readings, and me nervously asking my question!

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.