Doesn't he look magical? I thought this would be a great image for the Romance Magicians blog. He is so sparkly that he could be a vampire! It is no secret to anyone that both halves of Alicia Hunter Pace are big football fans, after all we are from Alabama. What you may not know is that I grew up in a baseball crazy so while I don't follow baseball as much as I once did I still enjoy the game. I go to local games often and try to go to at least a few bigger games a year.
We have written a story with a football hero and loved every second of the process. It was great because we were writing what we knew and loved when we wrote Scrimmage Gone South! Then this summer we got the opportunity to write a story that had something to do with baseball for our publisher, Crimson Romance. I was excited right away. I could smell the hot dogs and pop corn in the air. I could hear the crack and pop of the bat hitting the ball. I was all in immediately, but Jean wasn't sure that we knew enough about the sport to write a story with a baseball element. This was a super excuse for me to get us tickets to a baseball game! So I took her out to the ball game! We went to see a Birmingham Barons game and got to sit in the fifth row almost right behind home plate. It was GREAT!
This really put us in the mood to write the story. The sights, sounds, smells and feeling in the air helped put us in a baseball frame of mind that really made the story easier for us to write because we had gotten into the baseball mood!
Yesterday we got the call that we had been selected to be in the anthology that our story was created for so I guess this process worked! We were just so excited.
So if you are a writer, do you ever do things to put you in a frame of mind to create a story? I am sure many other creative people use life's experiences to jump start the creative process. I know that many people like to play music as they create, but I was wondering if anyone engages the other senses?
I look forward to hearing from you all about how you put yourself into the mood of your stories. I know the blog is late today because I missed the clue bus so one lucky commenter will win a $10.00 gift certificate to Starbucks.
Alicia Hunter Pace-Stephanie