Reading to Writing: An Author’s Journey

Reading to Writing: An Author’s Journey

Reading to Writing: An Author's Journey I’ve always loved thrillers. I read a ton of thriller and horror classics back before I started reading romance novels at thirteen. Authors like Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Lois Duncan, Diane Hoh, and Leslie Rule. I didn’t get into the Goosebumps books much; I was getting a bit old for them. But I read just about everything else for young adults. I even started drafting my own novel with dark themes (I never finished it, but it’s still in my head). Following in my sister’s footsteps, I started reading romance novels at the age of thirteen. My first two romance novels were a Harlequin romance titled Master of Glen Crannach by Stephanie Howard and Rebellious Desire by Julie Garwood. After those I got into western and historical romance. I read books by Connie Mason, Teresa Medeiros, and Ellen Tanner Marsh. And that phase lasted into my mid-twenties. After that, I switched to adult murder...
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10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1) Writing isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes work and if we’re writing about emotional topics, it can be mentally taxing. The hardest book I’ve written is my latest YA dystopian novel, Charged. It is filled with emotion and tension and difficult situations. In order to write it with some semblance of accuracy on human behavior, I had to emotionalize the story. I had to feel the emotions of the characters, especially Fira. I had to consider how my characters would react with each new piece of knowledge. What do they look like (i.e., facial expressions, hand/arm positions, etc.)? What do they feel? How do they speak? But even though it was hard to write, I’m glad I stuck with the story because stories like these need to be shared. That’s one of the reasons why I write. Another reason is that I'd be an extremely unhappy individual if I didn't. Writing is a compulsion for me....
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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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