It’s Time to Focus!

It’s Time to Focus!

It's Time to Focus! Dear Blog, The other day, I wrote about distractions as well as stress and overwhelm due to self-imposed deadlines (check it out here). Well, today, I have some excellent news and a great tip. I shared my inner monologue on Facebook and Twitter the other day. It went like this: After I posted that, I proceeded to choose my three projects... But then I got to thinking. I've been spreading my writing focus too thin (clearly) and it feels like I'm getting virtually nowhere (no surprise). And in six months, at my current rate, maybe I'll have five new books to release. That's a huge maybe because I keep getting distracted. But the more distracted I get, the more frustrated I become because every time I turn around, I'm barely any farther ahead on one single project than I was a few weeks ago. So, something clearly had to change. Hence my inner monologue. Which is quite common with writers. We get these...
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Distractions, Stress, Oh My!

Distractions, Stress, Oh My!

Distractions, Stress, Oh My! Dear Blog, It’s been a while since I last wrote an article for you. I’ve grappled with not feeling like I have anything to say and feeling too overwhelmed with self-imposed deadlines to want to spend the time to write your articles. I also have three needy pets who add to my stress levels whenever they want to cuddle or get attention. The moaning and grunting gets really annoying. Anyway, I have a plan. To sit down twice a week and just write what comes out. I’m so often distracted by things like needy pets, the ringing phone, the noises the refrigerator makes, the random sounds of our old 1949 home, and just about anything that moves or makes a sound. Or when the cat splashes his paw in the water pail before taking a drink. I guess that means I’m too highly tuned to being distracted that just about anything distracts me. Which leads to another obvious reason - anxiety. What...
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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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