My current WIP is driving me over the edge. I’m on page 151. I was on page 151 yesterday, last week, and six months ago. My fear is I’ll be on page 151 a month from now. The story started off with a bang, and I flew through the first chapters as one idea after another popped into my head. My fingers couldn’t type fast enough.
And then…nothing. I hit a wall.
I’ve tried all the tricks…long walks, copious cups of coffee and wine, rehashing the plot, and free typing in the hopes a new idea will pop onto the page. I even changed my writing location and listened to inspiring music. Nothing. Zip. Not one fresh idea.
I discussed my writer’s block with another author who’s published a long list of best sellers. She thinks I’m stumped because I’m not listening to my characters. I’m forcing them to act in ways against their natures. An author has to know her characters inside and out.
I respect this author, so I’m doing as she suggests. I’m re-examining my hero and heroine’s goals and motivations, figuring out what they desire above all else, and what they fear. Hopefully, this strategy works and I’ll conquer the dreaded page 151 and move on to page 152, 153, and onward until I type those two wonderful words…The End.
Read. Read books in all genres, both fiction and non fiction. Study how other authors craft sentences and paragraphs, develop plot and conflict. But mainly read for the pure pleasure of the written word.
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Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.
Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.
Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Wills he and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?
Bitter Legacy is C.B. Clark’s third romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press. My Brother’s Sins and Cherished Secrets were released in 2016. C.B. has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/
The Wild Rose Press http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5061-bitter-legacy.html
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