Writer’s Block – The Annoying ‘Thing’ That Keeps Me From Writing

Writer’s Block – The Annoying ‘Thing’ That Keeps Me From Writing

Writer's Block - The Annoying 'Thing' That Keeps Me From Writing Over the years, I've struggled to tell myself that writer's block doesn't exist. It's just a lame excuse that keeps me and other writers from doing what we do (or er...don't do) best. My philosophy behind this is, if I don't believe it exists, then it won't be an issue for me. And that worked beautifully... …up until I made it past the halfway point of my current work-in-progress (WIP). There was so much tension between the characters. It started with just two characters. Then it led to three. And now it's all four of my main characters. It was getting hard to focus. When it's a challenge to determine how a character would react (i.e., facial expression, hand movements/gestures, internal/physiological reactions, etc.), it's easy to get bogged down. When I write emotionally charged scenes, I have to visualize it. I have to get inside the character's head and see and feel what he...
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A Preview of Tainted – YA Dystopian Thriller Giveaway

A Preview of Tainted – YA Dystopian Thriller Giveaway

A Preview of Tainted - YA Dystopian Thriller Giveaway! If you're ready for a thrilling and dangerous adventure story, check out this preview of Tainted, my young adult dystopian thriller. You'll get to read the first nine chapters (!) of my new YA series. Tainted is the story of a girl whose family, along with the majority of the city's population, is presumed dead after genetically modified wolves breach the wall and attack the people. In her darkest moment, when she's decided to give up, a mysterious young man drags her out of her home and gets her to safety. Only that sense of safety is short-lived when the officials start bombing the city. Now they have no choice but to escape or die. Here is the first chapter to get you started... ----------------------- Chapter 1 WHEN EVERYONE DIED around me, it seemed the world had crumbled. What had been was gone, and most of what remained was little more than rubble, knocked down by the...
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A Look Inside the Story Idea for BOUGHT

A Look Inside the Story Idea for BOUGHT

A Look Inside the Story Idea for BOUGHT - My YA Dystopian Thriller Series (Plus an Excerpt!) When the idea for BOUGHT, my latest young adult dystopian thriller, came to me last summer, I was torn. Did I really want to write a book about abortion? My what-if was, what if the government was raising an army of unwanted children whose mothers were imprisoned for attempting abortion? In Fira Moseley’s world, mothers who attempt an abortion are charged with attempted murder and serve a life sentence in federal prison. Fira, an “unwanted child,” is a ward of the state and her mother is serving a life sentence. From birth, she has lived in a fortified city created by the government and the Network for Recovered Children (the NRC) and she’s been taught to believe certain things about society. Everyone knows abortion is a controversial topic. So, when the idea came up, I had my qualms. But when a story idea strikes and it...
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