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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Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places Where do story ideas come from? I just finished editing my novel last week which I’m super excited about. It's a young adult speculative thriller set in the late 21st century at an orphanage where things are not what they seem. I’m sad that the story is over, but now I’m getting the nagging feeling that the building in my story wants another role. That got me thinking about ideas for a sequel, a story spookier than this thriller. So, yesterday afternoon, I turned to a book on haunted buildings and other places called Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones. I’ve had this book on my shelves for the last fifteen years, but I never really gave it more than a quick look-through. (It’s safe to say I have a book addiction. Have I read all the books on my shelves? Ah, nope. But I’m working on it! :)) Anyway, I don’t have any solid ideas...
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Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter - November 2017 Feature Article - Get Inspired! Do you struggle with feeling inspired? Are you frustrated because you can’t seem to think of anything interesting or creative to write about? Finding inspiration depends on you. Before you get discouraged, let me explain. We can find inspiration just about anywhere. Ideas are right there waiting for us to acknowledge them. But if we look around and we don’t feel inspired, there’s a good chance our frustration is keeping us from seeing the ideas around us. Maybe we have judgments about where we live or the jobs we have. Maybe we feel exhausted because we’ve spread ourselves too thin. Maybe we’re frustrated because we’re not able to spend the time we want on writing. Whatever it is, it’s causing a block if we fail to feel inspired despite our efforts. The thing about inspiration is that it can come to us at different times. Maybe one day we watch a movie that we fall in...
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