I'm sure I must've planned to write a wonderfully entertaining and perhaps even scholarly treatise on one of the many wonders of the romance genre, but, you know... Instead I thought I’d share some of the trinkets I keep around my desk. I will confess to magpie tendencies...I like shiny things. :-)
Not that these first items are particularly shiny, but hopefully they help to keep my writing shiny. They're notes I have stuck to the ancient air-conditioner above my desk: I can't remember who said the top one, but I believe I can attribute the middle one to Debra Dixon, and (maybe, perhaps) the bottom one to Kurt Vonnegut:
|Emotional engagement with characters who matter; a plot full of twists and turns that grips and won't let go!|
|There should only be two choices for your characters -- sucky and suckier.|
|Someone should want something on every page -- even if it is just a glass of water.|
This little collection here reminds me to ground my stories in the natural world. I’ve collected the shells from various beaches, which have had some significance for me—including Tuncurry Beach for Kit from The Secretary’s Secret, and Newcastle Beach for Bella from Bella’s Impossible Boss. The polished stone is the perfect colour of the Australian outback, which I channeled while writing The Nanny Who Saved Christmas. And that pig is a lucky charm that the perspicacious Annie West brought back for me from foreign travels. Whenever I’m struggling for words, he gets a tummy rub. :) Oh, and that feather? It reminds me to describe how falling in love can be like flying.
And just for fun, this is Petal. She holds my paperclips…and every good writer needs paperclips.
Most writers I think have a streak of superstition in them. Some of these items have become my lucky charms. Some, though, are just for fun. Who else out there has a favourite trinket or two too? :)