Author Guest Post
Why I Don't Get Writer's Block
By Rosalind James
“What do you do about writer’s block?” I hear this question all the time. Short answer: I don’t get it! After ten years as a marketing writer, I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent toiling to make alphabet letter tiles or fireplace inserts sound sexy. Writing stories about two people falling in love? Piece of cake!
The longer answer is that the techniques I developed to keep myself on track while writing about Building Your Classroom Library or Our Salon Services have continued to serve me well in writing fiction. Here they are:
1. Take a walk. Or a run, or a bike ride, or a swim. We’re not just giant disembodied brains. Something about moving my body makes the left brain/right brain combination work. I don’t try to force my story to come to me, just let my mind wander. For the first ten minutes or so, it DOES wander. Then somehow, without any direction, it comes back to the book. Often, the scene that appears isn’t even the one I thought I was working on. I’ve learned to trust the process, and go home and write the scene that came to me. Maybe that other scene will appear next time—or maybe it wasn’t right after all.
2. Try a different spot. I often take a notebook to the coffee shop in the morning. The walk up there gets my mind working (see #1), and the change from my normal writing place shakes up my mind a bit. The difficulty arises when I’m scribbling a particularly steamy scene in longhand, hoping devoutly that nobody can look over my shoulder and read what I’ve written—or that they’ll guess why I’m concentrating so hard!
3. Just write. Don’t worry about getting it perfect at first. Your words may start out stilted, but the act of writing will make the ideas start to flow, and you can go back and edit later. I often don’t start at the “beginning” of a scene, as that bogs me down. I start with the “fun” part, the part that presents itself most insistently. Afterwards, I’ll come back and write the graceful introduction.
4. Give it a day. I start each day by going back over what I wrote the day before. I can always improve it. It also jump-starts that day’s work by getting me back into the book.
5. If you’re stuck, move! This goes back to #1. If I’m blanking out, I get up and make a cup of tea, empty the dishwasher, anything to shake myself up. The right idea always comes once I stop trying to force it.
There you go. I hope my tips help. And happy writing!
About The Author
Welcome To Paradise by Rosalind James ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Welcome to Paradise by Rosalind James
Book 1: The Kincaids series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: April 12, 2013
Format: e-Book - 326 pages / Kindle - 552 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Welcome to Paradise
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 Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
They’re going to party like it’s 1885.
Mira Walker is hoping that competing on a “living history” reality show will give her what’s missing from her real life. Maybe she’ll get closer to her boyfriend, who hasn’t been all that nice to her lately. Get fired up about her job again. Who knows, she might even win a million dollars.
Gabe Kincaid and his brother Alec are after that million too, though. Mira and Scott are no threat at all, not when everybody involved is going to want to kill Scott after the first day. And there’s no bond stronger than a twin’s. What could possibly go wrong?
My Book Review:
Just when her readers have become used to author Rosalind James taking them on a fun adventure in her Escape To New Zealand series where they have gotten to know and love all the yummy rugby players, she switches gears and introduces her readers to a new series called The Kincaids set in the United States!
In Welcome to Paradise, the first book in The Kincaids series, the author transports the reader to the state of Idaho where they follow a dozen or so contestants compete in a "living history" reality show as homesteaders set in the 1880s for a one million dollar grand prize. In this "survivor" type game show, the story revolves around the main teams of Mira and boyfriend Scott (ugh...), twin brothers Gabe (sigh...) and Alec, along with a great secondary cast of teammates as they tough it out and work together at the Paradise Homestead as homesteaders living under harsh environments and overcoming challenging hardships like the original settlers did in the 1880s. And if that isn't enough to peak your interest, there is the wonderful "showmance" that slowly develops between Mira and Gabe ... staying true to her creative style, the author provides another steamy romance to get your heart racing!
You can't help but become captivated by the storyline, the intriguing reality show plus the budding relationship between Mira and Gabe will keep you engaged and eagerly turning the pages. This story has a little bit of everything: a challenging reality game show, a beautiful heroine, a sigh worthy doctor hero, a bad guy that everyone loves to hate, a fun group of secondary characters who will make you laugh, and a slow building steamy romance that develops into a truly feel good love story ... what more could a reader ask for?!
With a quirky cast of characters who are realistic and have unique personalities, issues and personal baggage, and their own motivations to win the grand prize; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a sigh worthy steamy romance that only author Rosalind James can weave, this story will simply make you smile and yearn for more!
Welcome to Paradise is a thoroughly entertaining romance story that will leave the readers eagerly waiting to read the next installment in The Kincaids series!
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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