To continue the discussion on how I manage to write so many books and keep the quality up. Previously, I told you about my secret weapon Writer or Die.
Because in the way of Murphy's Law for writers, when you're on the tightest deadline, is when it never fails that you'll get line edits and/or galleys from other projects.
(Once I got two sets of line edits from two different publishers on the same day and they both wanted them back ASAP, and of course I was on a burn-the-midnight-oil deadline.)
To instantly transport me into the world of the story that I'm working on--whether it be first drafts, line edits or galleys--I do four things.
1) Make a collage of the book.
This includes things like pictures of the hero and heroine, the setting, their jobs, any kind of photograph that makes me think of that book. Now, with Pinterest, making collages are a snap. I have two computer. One I use for writing on, the other is my Internet computer. On the second computer, I post the collage as the screen background image. All I have to do is look over and see the story unfolding. Here's a collage from the third book in the Jubilee, Texas series, A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS.
2) Make a play list
I make a play list for the book like a movie sound track. Right now I use playlist.com, although the site is starting to become problematic. Chose songs that fit the book, not songs you love. Remember, you're becoming these characters. I arrange the sounds to coincide with the plot. Happy songs in the falling-in-love stage, sad songs for the dark moment. While I write the book, I listen to the playlist. I used to think I could not write to music, but I broke myself of that and it's added a rich layer to creating my stories (plus it makes writing more fun) and whenever I hear those tunes, I'm reminded of the book.
3) Pick a scent
I pick a scent that represents the story (usually, it's thematic) and I buy a candle that represents that scent. I'm a big fan of Yankee Candles. I light the candle and smell the story. If you're sensitive to scents, obviously, you can't do this one, but it is a great way to pull you into the story.
4) Assemble a collection
Assemble things that remind you of the book and put them around you. If you're writing a book set on the coast, put seashells on your desk. If your hero is a high powered executive, put executive toys on your desk. If there's bees in your book, put a jar of honeycomb honey where you can see it.
When crafting your next book take times to do one of these (or all of them.) It will pay off in big dividends. Plus, it's just plain fun and creates a special memory for you of when you were writing the story.