Monthly Archives: April 2014


My Writer’s Block Tool Box

My Writer’s Block Tool Box

What’s in My Writer’s Block Tool Box? “I’m stuck.” I hear this a lot from fellow writers. Heck, I say it a lot to fellow writers and also to myself. I spent most of a year completely stuck on my writing. Everything sounded stupid and shallow and passive. I hated every word I typed and ended up throwing it away and considering anything I’d just done to have been a complete waste of time. I recently picked up an article online detailing a writer’s best tips for getting back on track. They were great, and I started thinking about things I do to make myself hop back on that train. I have what I’m calling my Writer’s Block Tool Box — a collection of useful tips, websites, or accompanying objects that help me get back to putting words on paper. 1. Books For serious, if you’re a writer that doesn’t suck up the written word like a vacuum, I just don’t know what to tell you. I know writers that don’t read… I just don’t know many of them. I consider writing to be like a long session with my lover, if I may be a bit risque. I’m alone with it, giving it my undivided attention and all of my passion, day after day. If it’s hum drum and bone dry, perhaps it needs some spice? Some inspiration and motivation? For me, reading is foreplay. Literary fiction, romance, erotic romance if I need to write a spicy scene, feeds my brain with words. It sparks creativity. It awakens my voice and my style and sets me on a good path to a great writing session. I try to read regularly (which often turns into a book-a-night binge), which regularly keeps my Writer’s Block at bay. If I feel like I’m stuck and can’t. get.words.out… I grab something and read it. Often just a chapter is enough to get me into a writing mindset. 2. Distraction So this is supposed […]



In which I try to return to life as I know it…

In which I try to return to life as I know it…

I’ve spent the last few months working on Ruby’s. Thinking about Ruby’s. Plotting Ruby’s. Changing the plot for Ruby’s. Quitting, then restarting, then quitting, then seriously restarting, then procrastinating and then FINALLY getting down to brass tacks and WRITING Ruby’s. I told a couple of friends that it’s really strange, right now, to not have to go home and work on a chapter or plan the next two or think about how to get to the end result I already have in my head. To not figure out how to bring across the point where the stories intersect, who tells what part and who picks it up from there? It’s done. Well, Draft Zero is done. And I really want to open it up and start editing, prettying, moving things around. I’ve already rewritten the first page in my head. I’m abstaining, though. I need distance. For the good of me, my brain and my manuscript, I need distance. I also need brain food. WORDS. Plot, thoughts, ideas, imagery. FICTION. I need to read. I haven’t really read a book in months. I’m DYING to dig into some, but I feel like I want to read something goooood and I can’t figure out which of the awesome books I’ve picked up lately would be gooooood to read. The first quarter of the NetGalley Feedback challenge wrapped up yesterday, and looking back on my year so far, I didn’t do too badly! I raised my feedback percentage about 3 points to 45… still nowhere near the 80% they recommend but working on it… as soon as I stop requesting new books. :/ I’ve read 12 of the 20 I pledged to read this year and I see them going by rather quickly and me raising my goal, which isn’t bad at all. I’m also trying to get back to some writing for fun’s sake, which means continuing my serial at the NF archive. I know a few people are happy to […]