Hubby's got a special passion for country music. I mean, I do, too; my dad was a country music disc jockey for years upon years upon years, before he moved to television and film. But Hubby? Blasts the stuff all the time. So, it's no surprise that when he was listening to Blake Shelton, crooning in his beautiful alto about doin' what she likes, I sang my own version: "readin' what she liiiiikes."
It's totally nerdy.
Hubby thought so, too.
But in that same breath, I got to thinking about all the books I read when I'm writing. I kind of have a method to the craziness. Really, doesn't everybody, regardless of what your particular craziness is?
I kick it off with Lisa Kleypas. She's a great go-to for any historical writer. Then I toss in a little Julia Quinn. Sprinkle a dash of Eloisa James. Yeah, yeah... you're thinking: Alyssia, you JUST said in, like, two posts ago that you don't read people who could possibly influence your own writing.
In the beginning stages, I possess this weird need to build my confidence. And these girls? Yeah. They're the reason I said years ago, "That's it. I'm writing historical." They're that good. Something about reading what I've already read and LOVE makes me feel like the Little Engine that Could...
I think I can I think I can I think I can...
So, that's what I'm doing right now. Building confidence. And whenever I lose it in the midst of writing, because it WILL happen (always does), I read Janet Mullany. Very carefully, I must add, because, as you all know, she's my favorite and her work will filter into my own.
What builds your confidence to do what you love most? Do you need a confidence builder? Or are you just naturally awesome? If so, send some awesomeness this way!
By the way, you can check out all of my favorite historical chicks by clicking on the links below: