Writing can be hard. I get it. Really I do. We've all stared at the blank page or blinking curser, questioning why the universe would give us this passion if not the words to fulfill it. But here's the thing. Whether you call it inspiration, your muse, or a cure for writer's block, the answers to the question of where to find inspiration are all around you. Here are 5 places to find your muse now.Read More
Welcome to Write Life Wednesday.
From my experience, free writing or practice writing as Natalie Goldberg refers to the exercise, is one of the best tools for writers of all levels. From the person looking to write their first piece, to the seasoned writer needing to break out of a seemingly endless block and reconnect with their lost or forgotten muse, timed prompt-writing never fails to jump start one’s creative flow, help discover your writer’s voice, or strengthen the one already in place.Read More
I had hoped to make this post one of inspiration, great words by leaders in the industry on how to get your butt in that chair and not to move it until you have achieved and exceeded your dreams of publishing fame.Read More
The hook is a tried and true technique in the opening of a story that snares the readers attention to a degree that he/she will keep reading even if the family dinner may be burning to a charcoal crisp on the stove, your husband/partner states they have something important to discuss, or your all-time favorite television show is about to begin. A good hook leaves the reader unable to resist turning the page. A good hook tugs at your emotions and gets under your skin compelling you, the reader, forward into the story to follow where the writer wants you to go.Read More
What would you most like your readers to know about you that they would not likely read in your official bio?
My birthday is on Christmas day, and since I’m the youngest in the family, my older sisters refer to that as “The year Tracy ruined Christmas.” I’m pretty sure they’re over it by now but I’m not placing any money on it.Read More
Bobbi and I are settling back into our normal routines after having a fantastic time at the New England Chapter Romance Writers of America Conference this past week. We had the time of our lives... seriously....Read More
This weekend, Bobbi and I are headed to the New England Chapter Romance Writers of America Conference Let Your Imagination Take Flight, where we will be presenting the workshop Prompt-Writing to Unlock Your Muse.
It's going to be a lot of fun, and if you are in the Boston area and haven't yet registered, you should do that! Go ahead, it's fine... I'll wait.Read More
I consider myself a perfectionist—this is not a good thing. Things may be collapsing in chaos around me, but, darn it, I’m going to make whatever it is that I’m working on the absolute best it can be. For example, in preparing for this blog post on the writing process—and knowing what I consider my writing process—I spent several hours researching others’ definition, not to mention all the different ways every other writer in the world approaches her/his craft. (Full disclaimer: I gave up after two.)
Needless to say, that was not helpful.Read More