Do you have certain things pop into your stories if you write, or in the books you read? Icons like a cowrie shell, or a cross, or the smell of lavender or lemons, or the sea. For me, it's music. Some people like silence when they write, some authors have music playing or the tellie blaring to help them write ... like Brian Falkner, popular Kiwi author living in Australia. Brian talks of how he plays a CD of exciting, stirring music loudly when he's writing his fabulous action plots. Obviously, it works! I listen to music when I write too ... for protagonist, Caterina in my work-in-progress novel from 18th Century Venice for Upper Mid-grade readers, it's Vivaldi's concertos and sacred music.