How I Survived Writer’s Block

Recently I was stuck. Not sure why. I could have been scared or had writer’s block. Who knows? The thing is I pulled out of it and I’m going to share how it happened.

A colleague asked for a proofreader. I volunteered. I do this often, so remember that if you need someone to read for you. Anyway, as I’m reading this lovely story about dragons, I felt inspired to revisit my project.

I landed up hopping between both projects. A bit for her and a bit for me. Turned out I’d get tired trying to revise my work for several hours at a time without a break.

a change is as good as a rest.

― Winston S. Churchill

I’m almost at the point to shout out for beta readers. Yep, here I go again asking if anyone is interested in reading. Symbiotic Slip will be ready in January. If you like to give it a go sign up below:

 

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IWSG 43: Inspiration Away From The Group

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Co-Hosts: Julie Flanders,
Shannon Lawrence,
Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

Answer: Not much but reflect and be grateful.

I met @DelilahSDawson during SWiC16. She led a workshop on writing first chapters and I’ve been following her ever since. She’s a charming open woman who shares day-to-day life as a professional writer.

The biggest message she has shared to date is: Be brave and take a chance. I played it safe and was rewarded with rejection. So I decided to follow her advice. I wrote a science-fiction mystery that’s way out there.

She teaches by example. Works hard. Shares the whole traditionally-published author experience. Goes to tons of conferences. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve met her or will meet her. Reading her tweets keep me inspired until I get back to all of you.

Which brings me to something very important–you. Thanks for your visits, commets and time. And I hope your future will be filled with boatloads of happiness and success. And I expect many more years ahead with you in my life. I lift my glass to you. Cheers.

In 2018 I’ll be taking the biggest chance of all–submitting to agents. I’ve made a list and I’ve checked it twice. Life seems better since I comminted myself.
If you’re interested in reading my latest, Symbiotic Slip, please sign up below.

I have a question

Almost everyone I know has a favorite quote or recognizes a quote when it is stated. So my question is simply: how do I find quotable quotes?

I’ve decided to add my favorite line to my beta read feedback.

I’ve heard that helps with marketing a work and most of us need help in that department. I know I do.

So when I’m reading my work or another’s what should I be looking for?

Here’s a few to help you see what I mean:

“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”

from: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

from: The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

from: The Two Towers by  J.R.R. Tolkien

And my personal favorites:

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

by André Gide

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IWSG 42: Past NaNo Lessons I’ve Learned

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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Co-Hosts:

Tonja Drecker | Diane Burton | MJ Fifield | Rebecca Douglass

 

October IWSG Day Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I’d like to say yes. I finished them all. I’ve had all my work published even without submitting it. The problem is, I don’t want to lie. All I want to do is be supportive of the NaNo17 participants.

Please, Accept my good wishes because that’s where my heart is.

But the truth is, no. I finished all my first drafts. I didn’t bother polishing or submitting. None of them ever were published.

The closest story to submission was called “Rags to Bitches”. I can’t tell you how much time I spent trying to bring it to life. I even took a writing course on revision hoping that would help me cut away what didn’t work and build up what did.

Nothing worked and I can’t explain it.

So I may have won, but my stories didn’t.

Rags to Bitches lives in a drawer.

Winning NaNo taught me some important lessons:

  • Plan out what the story was about
  • Each chapter should have a prompt
  • Write everyday

What NaNo didn’t let me do was stop when I needed to and let my subconscious work on new ideas. Sometimes letting things rest can lead to twists, back flips,  and crazy new directions. I love that. But that means quitting before I reach my word count.

I hate to say this, but I think I’ve outgrown NaNo.

I’m working on a sci-fi mystery called Symbiotic Slip and I’m having so much fun. I’m being brave and going where I’ve never gone before. Every day is full of surprise and joy.

Who knew I’d ever get here.

What about you? Any NaNo stories you’d like to share.

Spotlight: Mistakes of the Past by Patricia Josephine

About the book

Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

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About Patricia

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

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