1. The ability to never have writer's block
2. Able to write the best plots ever
3. Best character development
These are my choices because I know my audience and I don't need to be a best seller off the top, because if a book is great it will sell itself without a major publishing house or major promotion. Yes, it may take longer but that is what writing is about - expressing and showing the world your story, your view, your feelings - not playing follow the leader and doing it their way. I always see this way, one million will love you one million won't - just thank the ones that do.
My ideal writing space is my basement, at my computer desk. I do not mind anyone being around but I do want it QUIET - free from talking, but a bit of old school music playing in the background; which could range from the Isley Brothers, to The Bee Gees, to some of the 90's rap which could consist of gangsta or conscious rap. This gets my creative thoughts flowing - helping me to think of some of my childhood experiences mixed with some crazy, zany antics that just float around in my head. Don't get me wrong, I would enjoy being at a secluded cabin with the family, no phones, no television, and able to cast a line in a beautiful lake anytime I felt that writer's block invading my flow. But in the real world my budget doesn't allow such bliss - so for now the basement is my retreat. What is your ideal writing space? Drop a few lines.
We had a few family vacations when I was a child, but one stands out more so than others. It was a simple vacation to Memphis, TN. We went to see Graceland the home of Elvis Presley and we also cruised the great Mississippi River. As a bonus, we got to visit the Mud Island River Park and the Brooks Museum of Art, which are great under-rated places to visit. This is a great inexpensive vacation for a family on a budget. But please try to go in the spring or late summer, because the temperatures are a scorcher. If you can visit the Memphis Zoo while you are there please do so, the kids will enjoy it and so will you.
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