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Ready, Set, Write ... Right?
There is a phenomenon that occasionally happens in my world, which I cannot quite explain. It occurs when I am unable to make myself do the one thing that I wish I could make a career of…there are days, sometimes whole weeks, where I cannot make myself sit down and write.
I often say that I don't ever get writer's block. Instead, I get "writing block" where I can't make myself physically start the writing process. If I do ever actually plant myself in a chair and fire up the computer, the writing will happen…but sometimes sitting down can be the hardest step.
I've tried everything to remedy this problem. For a while, I would leave my house…laptop in tow…and go to a coffee shop or bookstore. Instead of writing, I would just end up eating cookies and buying books. That plan wasn't helping my novel, pocketbook, or waistline.
My next attempt at motivation was to watch movies that would inspire me to start knocking out 1000 words a day on my novel. I watched Julie & Julia, Romancing the Stone, You've Got Mail and pretty much any other movie that was somehow related to books and writers. This probably won't surprise anyone, but instead of inspiring me to write, this little plan inspired me to watch even more movies while my laptop gathered dust.
After my failed plans, I was still no further along with my book, and my quest for motivation and inspiration was completely unfulfilled. I finally realized that looking outside of myself was where I had gone awry. The only place I can find motivation is within. It doesn't matter where I am or what is happening around me…the only deciding factor to my ability or inability to write, is me.
When I finally quit looking for places and people to inspire my writing, and instead just told myself "Emily, if you wanna be a writer, you have to write", everything changed. Writing is the only way to become a writer, and the only way to ever turn it into my full-time job is to look at it as that…a job.
It's my job to progress my stories by working on them (almost) every day. It's my job to be my own cheerleader and "rah-rah" myself into finishing my novels.
It's my job, and I finally take it seriously.
About The Author
Luckily, what I want to do is write…and not carjacking or vandalism.
Like my main character, Ellie, I love making random lists…so here are some random facts about me:
-I'm nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. The world looks like a fun-house mirror if I don't wear my glasses or contacts.
-I was almost kicked out of Graceland for using flash photography in the peacock-mirrored front room, and my tour group shunned me the entire rest of the tour. That made for a lonely trip through the Jungle Room.
-I was once mistaken for a member of Hanson…granted, they all had long hair at the time, but still….not what you wanna hear as a girl.
When I wrote That Time of the Month, I really saw it as though it was a movie. I can see every scene, every character and what they are wearing, every piece of pie, perfectly in my mind. I'm currently writing the sequel, That Time of the Year. I love the story and characters so much, that I am tempted to turn the series into a trilogy.
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That Time of the Month by Emily Shaffer
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback - 310 pages / Kindle - 367 KB / Nook - 160 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
The plan seems simple but becomes complicated by a nosey best friend, a difficult roommate, a dreamy stranger, and a really bad ring. As the month progresses, Ellie must confront the realization that by deciding to focus on herself, she may have become completely self-centered.
Will she let her own ambitions, insecurities, and assumptions ruin her friendships and get in the way of a possible romance? Ruled by endless lists and fueled by several plates of pie, Ellie's comical thoughts and mishaps drive this story from the office to the coffee shop during a month that will leave her with a broken foot, a great pair of shoes, and a forever changed life.
My Book Review:
After working four years as an attorney for a New York City law firm, thirty year old Ellie is fired, almost broke, and unsure what to do next. She decides to follow her dream and follows a thirty day crash-or-burn plan to become an author. With enough money saved to live on for at least one month, Ellie embarks on a journey to write a book and become a famous author ... only to discover some things about herself along the way.
That Time of the Month is an entertaining story about a woman who decides to follow her dreams. This fast-paced story is told in the first person narrative by the protagonist, Ellie, who takes the reader along for the ride on her journey to follow her dream of becoming an author. With a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, Ellie's journey is wrought with trials and tribulations that will keep the reader in stitches. From her habit of writing out endless lists, to the pie eating adventures at the local coffee shop, to dumpster diving, and her clumsiness that lands her with a broken foot, Ellie's journey is anything but smooth but along the way she discovers things about herself that will change her life forever.
The cast of characters in this story are a crazy but wickedly fun bunch of people who are engaging and easy for the reader to relate to. I loved following Ellie's journey to pursue her dream: her sassy personality, clumsy ways, her habit for writing endless lists, and the adventures she got herself into were a hoot, I think I snickered my way through the whole story. With a crazy supporting cast of characters: best friend Beth, a truly supportive friend with a sarcastic personality; Jeff, the scruffy hippie turned dreamboat love interest; and Ellie's roommate Mr. Doe, each added a realistic and crazy fun entertainment value to the story.
Rich in detail and descriptions, laugh-out-loud witty dialogues and interactions, and a whimsical storyline that draws the reader in from the beginning, That Time of the Month is one heck of a funny story that will make you laugh and smile.
That Time of the Month is a must read for anyone who enjoys a wickedly fun and humorous story, it will even make you to ponder about pursuing your own dreams.
RATING: 5 STARS *****