Cheap Champagne and M&Ms

from Annette Elton 

I recently read a review of a new release by Janet Evanovich about her new book on writing. The book is getting fairly good reviews one of which really struck a note with me. She said she finds “a couple of glasses of cheap champagne and a bucketful of M&Ms to be helpful in writing romantic scenes.”

Being an aspiring fiction writer, with an agent but no print publishing credits just yet, I haven’t tried that one yet but you can bet I ran out to the store and bough a bottle of semi-cheap champagne and a bag of peanut M&Ms. I have a story I’m finishing up and getting ready to submit to publishers. Maybe this trick will help me find the inspiration I need for the missing scenes. Regardless, it is bound to be an entertaining experiment :)

It also reminded me of the other little tricks I use to find inspiration:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: You know those days when you get up and the kids are screaming, you have 55 new emails in your inbox and none of them are SPAM and the dishwasher is on the fritz and the dog seems to have left a present on the cat’s bed? Those are the days I pull out my iPod and blast the Red Hot Chili Peppers until I’m in a good mood and the entire family has escaped the room because mom is in one of her moods.
  • Fresh air and sunshine: I also head outside for a breath of fresh air to clear my head and find focus.
  • Bubble baths: There’s nothing better than a bubble bath and a good book at the end of long days to relax for sleep and enjoy the small luxuries life has to offer.
  • Phone calls to my sister: When I simply need to talk to be heard.

So what inspires you to write?

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3 Responses to “Cheap Champagne and M&Ms”
  1. mila sidman says:

    My goodness Annette, I think we’re twins! LOL

    I LOVE the Red Hot Chili Peppers…. ah memories of nearly being moshed to death at Lolapalooza come to mind ;-)

    I also need to get out into the fresh air or I get mega cabin fever and I do my best thinking in the bath!

    Peanut M & M’s are my favorite but I’ve never tried them with champagne… that’s definitely on my list!

  2. carrie says:

    Good music tops the list – good old school ska or reggae always makes me smile!

  3. Annette Elton says:

    YAY! Another RHCP fan! They get me through the day. I have to say that I did try the cheapish champage and peanut M&Ms over the weekend and Ms Evanovich was right:-) Highly recommended.