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Author Blog Challenge: Overcoming Writers Block

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Writer’s block is the inability to think of something to write, or continue with something you are writing. This condition is usually temporary and more a state of mind rather than a physical incapacity.

Overcoming writer’s block is always a popular blogging topic for writers but it’s not something I have much experience of.  When I actually get the opportunity to sit  down and write my books,  the ideas are brimming over and it’s usually more a case of writer’s cramp than `writer’s block.

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So whilst I don’t purport to be an expert on writer’s block  here are a few ideas to overcome it.

Only write when you have something to say, if the words aren’t flowing, do something else. I know this is difficult, especially for those who must write so many words per day but a short break can work wonders. Let your mind drift and that insurmountable problem will suddenly have an answer.

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My ‘go to’ relaxation is to walk my dogs but a little retail therapy or coffee with friends is often just as good.

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If taking a break isn’t an option then work on something else. Writing is writing after all and a blog post or a book review is just as creative as a chapter of your novel. Once you realise you can still write… Well you get my drift?

So if neither of the above works,  then just write. Even if the words you’re writing aren’t what you really want to say, sometimes just writing helps the creativity. Remember, you can always change it later but you can’t edit a blank page.

 Finally if all else fails, sleep on it. I often problem solve most effectively when I’m asleep and that goes for real life problems too, not just creative ones.

 

If you have your own solutions to writer’s block comment below or tweet me at @jolliffe03 using #LifeBookswriting

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My Top 5 Books and Why? Author Blog Challenge: #LifeBooksWriting

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So like many writers, I am an avid reader too. I would never have become a writer, if I hadn’t read books, I’d like to have written and these are a few of them.

 The Donovan Legacy – Nora Roberts

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I loved these romantic paranormal stories about  a supernatural  family. If you enjoyed the 1990’s witchy  TV series Charmed you’ll love these stories too. The romance is easy, the characters believable and the magic is the perfect escapism.

I wanted to write stories with the same mix of paranormal romance and fantasy . I decided to write  a paranormal romance after reading this series but it was over ten years later, when I wrote my first paranormal romance; The Dragon Legacy series.
 

Ashes to Ashes –   Tami Hoag

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 I also  love reading mysteries and thrillers, especially those that get inside the mind of the antagonist. Tami Hoag, does this perfectly, especially in my favourite story of hers.

The female lead in this story is perfectly flawed but so easy to empathise with. The  villain is pure evil  and the suspense to die for.  I read this in the late nineties but its still one of my favourite suspense thrillers.

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In my current release, The  Dangerous Gift, I tried to create the same suspenseful ethos with elements of romance and mystery intertwined. 

The Cat Who… Lilian Jackson Braun

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My mum loved, what is now termed cosy mysteries and she introduced me to Lilian Jackson Braun and ‘The Cat Who….’ mysteries. These feature a quirky private detective and his two Siamese cats, who are really the stars of the book; Koko  and Yum Yum. The stories are simple but full of interesting characters and they remind me of happy times with my mum.

Tangled Reins and Four in Hand – Stephanie Laurens

I have always loved reading Regency Romance  and  Stephanie Laurens’, ‘Four in Hand’ and ‘Tangled Reins’ are two of my all  time favourites Arrogant, sexy heroes. Feisty , intelligent yet vulnerable heroines and a glamorous settings make them great to read.

 Past Shadows Cover 2My love of Regency romance,mystery, suspense and the paranormal, inspired me to write my latest story ‘Past Shadows’ . which I  hope to release later this year. Excerpts are on Wattpad under my user name  JaneHunt5.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe  Debbie Johnson

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As a book reviewer, I am lucky enough to read stories from many different authors. One of my  favourites because her stories never fail to make me laugh out loud is Debbie Johnson. Her latest book ‘ Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe’ is her most memorable tale to date, full  of fun, poignancy and some many delightfully, real characters. Definitely a must read this summer.

 So that’s my top five books, what are yours and why? Comment  below or on Twitter using the hashtag #LifeBooksWriting.

 

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Author Blog Challenge: A day in my life… #LifeBooksWriting

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 So a typical day in my life starts early… I’m usually  awake about 5 am, earlier at the moment because it’s so light. I love Springtime and Summer and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

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 DSCN0389Read emails on phone, let the dogs out, make a coffee or a smoothie  but to be honest it’s usually coffee with cream of course. The plan then is to write; book reviews, blogs or my latest work in progress. For my regular blog followers you will know that I’m a sporadic writer, when it comes to my books but once I’m hooked, writing is all  I want to do.

8 am 

Vince and I usually take Jazz and Oby out for a walk on the trail or in Pleasley country Park. If possible, I like to go earlier than this because its at its best when there is no one else there.

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IMG_0035Breakfast with my daughter and grandson, definitely one of my favourite parts of the day. Though the clearing up is taking longer now he can have his own piece of toast.

 

10 am

Then its work time, this is usually writing of some description.  I don’t normally stop for lunch, so I work through until 5 pm when its time to feed the dogs, prepare the dinner and catch up on domestic chores.  Some days, I do house work or cooking during my work time, especially if I’ve managed to write earlier in the day. The best thing about working from home as  a writer is the flexibility.

7pm

 Another walk for the dogs and then I  eat,  watch TV, usually soaps, house programmes or US drama. 

10.30 pm

 

Read and or write in bed. until I fall asleep…

Not a very dynamic life but I love it. 

 

 

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Author Blog Challenge – Character Inspiration – #LifeBooksWriting

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Last week turned out to be virtually technology free for me. My family and I stayed in Devon for a few days in a lovely  cottage in the Dartmoor National Park.  I knew it didn’t have a dishwasher and a tumble dryer and I was prepared. It did have a fabulous walled garden, lovely and safe for my dogs, so I was prepared to make the sacrifice.

However, what I didn’t bargain for was the almost total absence of internet. Not good when I had posts to share on my blog. So last week’s author blog challenge on  ‘6 Book Marketing Tips’, never happened.

 This week’s author blog challenge is Character  Inspiration.

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 Visual stimulation is important for me as a writer.  I plan out my story initially in my head, rather like watching a film or TV programme and as I write, I visualise what I’m writing. This makes my story very real to me and its one of the reasons having other pairs of eyes to read your work is so important. What makes perfect sense to me, may not be clear at all, to my readers, so having other people read it is essential.

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My characters spring mostly from my imagination. I usually think about what they look like first and then  add in their personality traits. This is usually only an outline, very similar to the plot outline I have and then I start writing. The characters’ outlines develop, as they are faced with conflicts, meeting new people and situations. Once I have written the first few chapters, I read my work back in detail to make sure the characters are behaving as I thought they would and that they are consistent.

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There are of course other things that inspire my characters. For their physical appearance I use Pinterest. I create a new board for each book and pin likely heroes, heroines and antagonists, as well as setting and other key factors as they occur to me.

I’ve met lots of people in the course of my life and  the memorable ones stay in my head. Some of these I use as characters or part of characters. Observation is a core skill in character inspiration and who doesn’t love people watching?

 

 

 

 

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Authors Blog Challenge #2 : Virtual Bookshelf – Latest Reads – #LifeBooksWriting.

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This weeks Author’s Blog Challenge is my latest reads. As I’m a book reviewer I always have several books on the go. This week I’m reading the following books:

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 Red Adept Publishing

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Ever since the death of her fiancé, Meredith Mancuso has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac.

Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week.

Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy–and sometimes, even love–along the way.

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 This is a romantic comedy with a fabulous dog character.

Look out for my review next week

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Harper Collins UK Childrens

FLAWED is set in a powerfully realised society where perfection is valued above humanity, with an intense love story at its centre. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system but following an act of kindness towards one of the Flawed is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival – and for love.

Flawed is intended for the Teen/Young Adult audience.

An interesting read for science fiction lovers of all ages.

Look out for my review next week.

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Carina UK

When Gemma discovers a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies in the basement of the local museum, she is immediately intrigued…

On a fateful night in 1838 two sisters were found shot in the cellars of Red Hill Hall. And when Gemma begins to delve deeper into their history she begins to realise that the secrets of that night are darker than anyone had ever imagined.

As the shocking events of the past begin to unravel, Gemma’s own life starts to fall apart. Loyalties are tested and suddenly it seems as if history is repeating itself, as Gemma learns that female friendships can be deadly…

I’ve read Kathleen’s two previous books, which are interesting timeslip women’s fiction stories, where contemporary meets the past. I can’t wait to start this one.

And finally as they say:

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The Dangerous Gift is FREE today on Amazon

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If you haven’t read it yet, now’s your chance to read for free.

If you like it please leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are some reviewer comments from Amazon on The Dangerous Gift:

‘This fab suspense is intriguing and gripping, but the love story makes it a must-read. It’s satisfying on many levels, and will transport you to a whole new world of cowboy boots and skinny dipping, trucks and colts, ranch yards and corals, porches and sheriffs. And then there’s and overlay of jealousy and retribution, brooding suspicion, and tragedy and secrets.’ 5* Review

‘You’re invested in the characters, and you want to know what happens to them – will they get out of this alive? Can everyone breathe a sigh of relief yet…? Honestly? Don’t be lulled into a sense of security. Not only does this author keep you on your toes, but she manages to weave a couple of red herrings in there too.

The obvious chemistry between our hero and heroine, coupled with the brilliant suspense, makes a very well-written book from this lovely author.’ 5* Review

 

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Authors Blog Challenge – My Writing Room #LifeBooksWriting

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It’s lovely to be part of the  Author Blog Challenge #LifeBooksWriting, organised by my fellow Limitless Publishing author Sophia Valentine ; whose debut book I reviewed earlier in the year. If you’re an author and would like to join in the fun, download the graphic and post it and the hash tag with your Friday post. Hopefully it will be an opportunity to get to know more authors and their works for both readers and writers.

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Today’s blog challenge is to share my writing room with you. A couple of years ago I had a dedicated writing room/ office, which was lovely but since the birth of  my little grandson, the office has become a nursery  and now I write in our family room downstairs, which is great ,as it looks out onto the garden and has lots of comfy sofa’s to sit on.

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Working in the family room is challenging. There are lots of interruptions, but it means I get to spend my writing time with my lovely dogs,  Jazz and Oby. Tom, my cat used to join us on winter afternoons and we really miss him since he died on New Year’s day

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When the weather is fine I love to write in the garden,  and writing on the beach when I go on holiday is something I look forward to.

I wrote my latest release  The Dangerous Gift  in all these places.

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If  you want to know more about my writing journey-

Check  out my Who am I?  and Home pages on my website.