Good morning all! I'm hosting another Goddess Fish Tour and this time we have Vanessa Devereaux with us. Please welcome her and leave a comment because as you an see at the end of this post, there be a prize to be had:)
Bestselling author Vanessa Devereaux was born in London, England but now resides in the US. She writes erotic romances and erotica. A freelance writer during the day, her work has appeared in both US and UK magazines. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing some of her hobbies which include cooking, gardening, photography and biking. Prior to a writing career she worked in PR and was a book publicist for three years. Then Came You is Vanessa’s first title published with Total-E-Bound. Her other titles include, Mistaken Identity, The Man Next Door, Who’s The Boss and her Regency Trilogy, Brazen Ladies including What the Lady Wants, Caught in the Act and Double Her Pleasure, and the contemporary erotic romance, One Night With You. Her next release will be Forbidden which will be released in 2012 with Total E Bound.
Sometimes being given a topic or choice of topics for a blog is tough. This time it was easy: “How do you get out of writer’s block”.
I’m not sure if I had writer’s block or what happened to me but I didn’t write any fiction (other than some short stories) for a decade. It was after my father passed away. He’d been ill for sometime and then was diagnosed with cancer. The last nine months of his life were very traumatic. He suffered from depression and I slowly spent less time writing and more time with him.
I had many attempts to get back on track after his passing but every time I sat down to write I’d look at a blank page or screen for hours and nothing would happen. Believing it was grief and would pass I attempted to get some sample chapters written so I’d at least have something to prove I was still a writer. I thought a request for a full manuscript might even be the kick in the butt I needed. However, when a couple of editors did ask to see the rest of the stories I couldn’t produce a single page and finally gave up. At this point I really believed that my writing days were behind me. Since then I’ve produced more work in three years than I had prior to my writer’s block. So how did I finally get back on track and what advice can I give to you? Here are my five tips-
Tip #1- No matter what, write. Even if it’s one word, don’t go a day without writing. I used to think okay, I don’t feel like writing today but I probably will tomorrow so no big deal if nothing gets done today. It never happens the following day either so don’t kid yourself. Even if just means sitting on the couch while you’re watching TV and making notes for future stories, do something writing related each day.
Tip #2-set a routine and don’t break it. Before my ten year dry spell I’d write any time of the day and had no problem with stopping and starting a story. However, I discovered I couldn’t do that any more and therefore needed a schedule. Make an appointment with yourself every day. It could be when you first get up in the morning or maybe you have to wake up an hour earlier but make it a daily habit. I used to like watching cooking shows on the Food Network in the evening but decided I needed to give that up so that time could be just for writing and nothing else. You might need to make some sacrifices but if you want to be a writer or achieve your goal that’s what you have to do
Tip #3-reward yourself. Just like anything else you’ve got to give yourself something in return for sticking with your goal. For me, the chocoholic, it was a bar of chocolate at the end of the week. It could be renting a DVD every weekend or even going to see a movie every month.
Tip #4-write in the same place…remember the old Batman series, tune in same time, same channel? Same goes for writing. I have a spot on the couch where I sit with my laptop. I know when I’m there and the laptop is turned on, it’s writing time and nothing else gets down. The phone doesn’t even get answered.
Tip #5-Listen to some music. I used to play CDs from my collection but discovered after my ten year writing drought that was too distracting because I’d start listening to the lyrics. Now it’s New Age and world music and some relaxation CDs thrown in. Find what music inspires you and have it playing softly in the background.
I hope your writer’s block never lasts a decade but should you find yourself looking at a blank screen follow these tips and I can assure you if they worked for me, there can work for you too.
Connor O’Riordan had his heart set on Gillian Matthews the first day she stepped onto his ranch but the only problem was she had a boyfriend. He’d made her promise that if the two of them ever broke up she’d tell him. Gillian is a woman of her word and when Connor finds out she’s now available he’ll do anything to woo and romance the lady of his dreams. The best way to start…invite her to spend Thanksgiving at his ranch.