This morning, in an effort to find that peace, I decided to write a love letter to my novel. I know, I know. This is painfully cheesy. But you guys, it worked. Instead of feeling like my manuscript is a burden standing in the way of my happiness, I have this seed of warm love for the story, almost like it’s my own child, held in my hands.
Usually after I write an ultra vulnerable post, admitting all the things I’m struggling with, I wake up with a vulnerability hangover. Not today. I feel relief, like breathing is a little easier.
There are the usual questions readers ask authors. But what about the hard ones? I answer those questions here.
Recently, a writer friend asked me how I combat writer’s block. Before I share what I told her, let me just tell you that writer’s block doesn’t discriminate. I don’t care if you’re JK frickin Rowling, every author is afflicted with this curse. Case in point, I gave this friend my answer for battling writer’s … Continue reading 3 ways to combat writer’s block
About a week or so ago I announced that I believed I was done with the rough draft of Prelude to Forever, the story of how Rachel and John met and fell in love before A Symphony of Cicadas. Having planned on this book being a novelette, I was satisfied with the shorter length, and … Continue reading The messy blending of a … story
It was a month ago when I tossed out almost everything I had written in "Forever Thirteen," the sequel to my first novel, "A Symphony of Cicadas". Nothing had been working, I couldn't connect with my characters, and the storyline was heading down a dark path of the afterlife that made the story more sinister … Continue reading Let your characters hijack the storyline
Words by Autumn's Child* Words fly through my mind, in my eyes and out my ears, Through my pores and rest on my lips. As I walk through grocery stores they dance on melons. Sitting by a fountain they gurgle with the falling water. Adjectives and pronouns flutter in the whirring of the wings of … Continue reading Prompts to chase away writer’s block