5 Ways I Get Inspired to Write

5 Ways I Get Inspired to Write

5 Ways I Get Inspired to Write One of the questions that readers often ask writers is, how do you get inspired to write? Inspiration to write can come from anywhere, especially in unexpected places and during unexpected times. Writers can wake up inspired by their dreams. They can get inspired walking on nature trails or washing dishes. There are many different ways to get inspired, and the methods aren’t always consistent. Sometimes one way works great one time but doesn’t work the next. And sometimes it works all the time. For me, though, here are my go-to fallbacks in case I’m feeling uninspired. 1. Brainstorming Brainstorming details for a particular story that I’m working on tends to be my best method for coming up with more ideas to get me through the writing process. Whenever the writing stops flowing, I’ll get out my notebook and start posing questions about what happens next. I also find it helpful to keep coming up with new ideas because it...
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What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel? For a long time, from junior high to my mid-twenties, I read romance novels by authors like Connie Mason, Norah Hess, Ellen Tanner Marsh, Teresa Medeiros, and Christine Feehan. I loved them. Loved the romance. Loved the strong male characters and the feisty and strong-willed heroines. Then at some point, after Harold and I got married, I switched genres. Mysteries, psychological thrillers, legal thrillers, medical thrillers, political thrillers, any kind of thriller. So long as it didn’t have any romance in it. A little bit was fine. But if solving a crime was merely the setting in which a romance took place, forget it. Not for me. But then around 2012, I gradually became interested in young adult novels. Naturally, I started with The Hunger Games. I listened to the entire trilogy on audio while at work. And there’s romance in it, as I’m sure you already know. There’s romance in the Divergent series. There’s...
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Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber – Classic Ghost Stories

Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber – Classic Ghost Stories

Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber - Classic Ghost Stories Do you enjoy reading ghost stories? One of the first ghost stories I read growing up was The Ghosts by Antonia Barber. I only remember two parts of it, and sadly I must have donated the book when my husband and I made our cross-country trip to Alaska, but those parts have stayed with me for over 24 years! And the book was, and still is, a classic. There’s just something intriguing about ghost stories. Do ghosts really exist or are they merely a figment of our overactive imagination? Do they have special powers? Are they able to hear and see things through solid walls or over great distances? And most interesting of all, what stories do they have to tell us? What led to their death? What secrets have they taken to the grave? The basic story idea for Shattered came to me in a dream. I had just finished writing a...
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