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5 Tips for Getting Past Writer’s Block #WriteWed

Another two hour commute into work today thanks to the derailment in Penn Station on Monday. Two derailments in just over two weeks. Gotta wonder what’s going on.

If there’s one silver lining in that ominous transit cloud, it’s that it’s given me a chance to work through a block I was having in Book #2 in the At the Shore series.

It’s actually funny considering that I’m giving a workshop this weekend at the Liberty States Fiction Writers monthly meeting on plotting using the Hero’s Journey. I should heed my own advice on what’s essential in the story when the heroes reach that first black moment.

In my story, it actually starts with a black moment, but I won’t spill on what that is and spoil it for you. What I will do is offer up some tips on what to do when you’ve hit a block in your writing and how to work past it.

1. Watch a fav movie or read a fav book. There’s a reason why they’re a favorite. Maybe it’s the characters. Maybe it’s a surprise you didn’t expect or that warm feeling you had that stayed with you long after the story was over. Tap into that magic to find out what’s missing in your story.

2. Read a new book not in your genre. Sometimes you’re too caught up in what you think is expected in your genre and you need something different to blast you past the expected.

3. Read a book in your genre. Whether the book turns out to be bad or good, what was it you liked or disliked? As a reader of that genre, did it meet your expectations and if not, why? If it did, how does what you’re writing work in comparison? For me, I always turn to a master in contemporary romance: Nora Roberts. No matter what I get a good read and her stories make me take a step back and wonder about how I can touch readers with the same kind of magic she brings to the stories.

4. Take a long walk or a shower. I don’t know why, but both of these somehow make me focus on the problem at hand and how to work through it. Maybe it’s the ions in the water or those at the beach, my favorite place to stroll.

5. Visualize the scene before you try to write it. People often ask how I can write so fast and part of it is that I often visualize the scene in my head before I even sit down to write. It prevents just staring at a blank screen for way too long. When I do have a block about that scene, I will often see it in my head multiple times and from different perspectives. Oftentimes I will have to rewind it and play it again, altering the direction of what’s happening. Erasing what doesn’t work and starting again until there are enough good bones that I can finally sit down and flesh out the scene when I’m writing.

I hope these tips help you work past any writer’s block. If you’d like to know more about the Hero’s Journey, visit my Resources for Writers Page with lots of good tips or if you’re in the area, come by the Liberty States monthly meeting. If you’re not in the area, think about joining and listening to one of the many recorded workshops we have for members. My workshop this weekend is being recorded!

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#ThrowbackThursday Turn the Page Bookstore Signing 2012

One of my most exciting times as a writer was being nominated for the 2012 RITA in the Paranormal Romance category! It was so amazing to attend the awards ceremony and all the related hoopla. It was also exciting because in July of that year I got to sign at the Turn the Page Bookstore and got to sit next to none other than Nora Roberts. What a fan girl moment for me. It was all I could do not to squee! LOL!

This is a picture of me with the amazing Nora Roberts at the signing at the Turn the Page Bookstore.
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#TravelTuesday A visit to Nora & the Boonsboro Inn

I’ve been lucky to have been able to travel to lots and lots of interesting places thanks to both my legal job and my writing. One of my fav places to visit was Nora Roberts’ Boonsboro Inn.

I went there with friends one Christmas season to see the rooms during their open house and then again the next year for the big July signing where I was able to sign next to none other than Nora. What a fan girl moment for me!

Each of the rooms at the inn has a different literary theme, like:

      Marguerite and Percy
      Nick and Nora
      Jane and Rochester
      Elizabeth and Darcy
      Titania and Oberon
      Eve and Roarke
      Westley and Buttercup
      The Penthouse

You can not only enjoy the luxurious rooms, you can visit the Turn the Page Bookstore to pick up releases from Nora or from a number of other authors.

For history buffs, the Antietam National Battlefield is just a few minutes up the road and totally worth the trip.

So on this Travel Tuesday, I’m sharing some photos from one of my trips there!

Hope you enjoyed taking this trip with me!

#ThrowbackThursday Ultimate Fan Girl Moment with Nora Roberts

There are some moments as a writer and reader that you will never forget. One of those moments was being invited to sign at the Turn the Page bookstore and sitting next to Nora Roberts at the signing! Well, sitting next to Nora’s fabulous son and assistant at the signing. Afterward, I got a chance to get a picture with her and chat with her a bit. She is such an open and lovely person. It really meant a lot to me then and it still does. Here are some pictures from that day and to prove I really did sit next to her, you can see the plaid shirt in both shots!

As for why I’m holding the plush beagle doll, I had a beagle named Spotty in THE LOST and he was keeping me company on my trip up to the 2012 RITA Awards.

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#ThrowbackThursday My Fan Girl Moment with Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers, not only because she is AMAZING, but because she is such a nice, down-to-earth individual. I’ve always seen her treat her fans like friends and never ungraciously.

I got my most amazing fan girl moment when I was invited to take part in a book signing at the Turn the Page Bookstore where I got to sit next to Nora!! OMG! It was all I could do to contain my squee of excitement.

And being a gracious lady, she was willing to pose with me and Spottie who was hanging out with me on my way to the 2012 RITA party where I was a finalist in the paranormal category for THE LOST.

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You can see more photos from that book signing weekend here:

#ThrowbackThursday Turn the Page Book Store Signing

It’s Throwback Thursday, but I’m not throwing you all that far back! LOL! Only to 2012 and when I was lucky enough to not only get nominated for a RITA for THE LOST, but also get to do a book signing with Nora Roberts (fan girl squeeee) at her lovely store, Turn the Page.

Nora was so gracious and even posed with me and Spottie, my companion for the big RITA journey! Here’s a picture of us at the book signing.
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On the Tenth Day of Christmas #giveaway #guestblog

HER VAMPIRE LOVER erotic paranormal romance novellaOn the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, ten lords a leaping!

Interesting thing, Lords. I have to confess to being fascinated by royalty. I guess I passed that on to my daughter, hence her love of all things British.

I’ve had royalty in a number of books and have had fun with them. I’ve also read a number of books with royalty in them. In fact, I’m taking a break for a day or so and finishing up The Royals of Cordina series by Nora Roberts. I’m on my last one, The Playboy Prince, and absolutely loving Bennett.

One of my latest erotic novellas, HER VAMPIRE LOVER, has Count Gregori who is fascinating and a hero in so many ways. So for today, I’m offering up a copy of HER VAMPIRE LOVER to one reader who leaves a comment on my guest blog with the lovely and talented Cathy Perkins!

Have a great weekend! Remember that you can go back and follow the instructions for each day of the giveaway up until Midnight EST on January 6th.