by Catherine Matthews
As a writer, it is inevitable that you will reach the point where all you want to do is throw in the towel and walk away from your writing. You’ve written night after night and query after query, only to have your efforts met with kind but firm ‘no, thank you’ replies. Reading your own work no longer gives you pleasure; suddenly all you can see are problems. Problems that make you start wondering why you love this, if you love this, and are you really any good at it? Then comes the big question: Is any of this really worth it? Continue reading “Stuck In A Rut? Five Tips For Writing Your Way Out”
By Sabrina Berndt
Although I am not a writer myself, I have plenty of friends and family members who do consider themselves writers. Sometimes they fall into a slump and don’t know how to get past their writer’s block. This is completely natural, but people tend to believe there’s nothing they can do to help. Today we’ll look at what you can do to help the writers’ in your friends and family conquer their writer’s block and keep telling their story.
Be their cheerleader
Sometimes writers just want to feel appreciated. Especially if they’re unpublished, it’s hard to stay encouraged although their hay-day may be on the horizon. Or they simply get stuck and can’t seem to get around the dreaded writer’s block, which plagues every writer. Don’t be afraid to compliment them on their hard work and the piece itself. Writers have a difficult job, as we all know. It’s no easy task to create a place where readers forget reality and lose themselves in their story. If a writer you know is having a hard time, compliment them on their unique ideas and encourage them to tell their story. Whip out your pom-poms, sing them a song, whatever you need to do to make their day and break out their computer (or typewriter, we don’t judge).
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Natalie is the award winning author of six romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels. Her latest book Seeking Mr. Wrong is scheduled to be released on February 17, 2017.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from the Hartford region of Connecticut. I grew up in a middle-class town, the oldest of four children in a single-income household. My parents struggled. As a teenager I was acutely aware that some of my friends were vacationing in Greece while I’d never even been to Canada. They were shopping at stores I’d never heard of. (The GAP? What’s that?) The characters in my books reflect this experience: They are often a little bit off, a touch gauche, and slightly uncomfortable with wealth. Their clothes never fit quite right, or they can’t quite figure out how to carry a conversation with certain people. I can relate to that awkwardness. Continue reading “Natalie Charles on Writing, Publishing and Projects”
Amber Mitchell is the author of Garden of Thorns, which is to be released March 6, 2017. She
On your site you mention that you love movies. Which are your favorites?
I think my favorite recent movie release has to be Zootopia. It was adorable! I can always watch Clueless, the Harry Potter movies and pretty much anything with Ryan Reynolds (loved Deadpool). However, I think the best movie I’ve ever seen is The Princess Bride. I can pretty much quote every word of it. I saw it when I was about 8 and it inspired my love of fantasy.
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When my younger brother was little our family went out to a new restaurant in town. My Dad was tasked with reading my little brother the menu and showing him his choices. As Dad slowly made his way through the ridiculously long list of choices, he pointed to each word as he read it. It was actually something of a Kodak moment. Until halfway through the menu, my brother glanced out the window. “Look, Dad! A butterfly!”
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