Out With The Writer’s Block, In With The Creativity!

Writer’s block is a terrible thing. I had no idea just how terrible until this past year. I’ve had bouts of it before, a few days of struggling to untangle the words in my brain and release them onto the page in some semblance of order. Still, all it took was for me to walk away for a while, concentrate on something else, and I was able to return to it fresh and raring to go. Not this time. For the whole of 2011, beyond editing Dark is the Sky for my publisher, I’ve hardly written a thing. Oh, I made token stabs at starting new novels, but I simply wasn’t able to commit to any of them.

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The Thing I Love Most About Writing

There are a lot of things I love about writing. I love having an escape route from reality, being able to retreat into another world and the sense of power that comes with knowing I can control everything that goes on in that world. I love the warm glow of achievement I always experience when I finish my first draft, and the relief at bringing the various subplots together satisfactorily. One of the best feelings is when someone other than friends and family tells you how much they enjoyed your book. It makes all the hard work worth while. Yet, the thing I love most of all about writing is the very beginning of the process.

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