What do you do when the world stifles your muse?
I often tell people I write for escapism. I want readers to pick up my books and disappear into the story, forgetting about their problems and the world around them for a time. As a contemporary romance writer, I receive the same benefit. What do you do when the world stifles your muse? I sit at my computer and delve into the world of my characters.
But what happens when I can’t?
Although I always have characters talking in my head and ideas for stories, sometimes the outside world intrudes too much. The world around us is going crazy. People are loud, and manners have gone by the wayside. My oldest daughter is getting ready to graduate high school, and emotions are high. Summer is fast approaching and with it, a huge list of things to do to get everyone ready for their activities. All of those things also rattle around my brain, fighting for space and attention.
It’s hard to turn off a part of my brain…
When I sit down at my computer, it’s hard to turn off that part of my brain and focus on what I need or want to do—editors don’t necessarily understand distractions, nor should they. So, I walk.
I live on a lake—actually, across the street and down a little ways—and it’s a three-and-a-half-mile trek around the entire thing. So in the mornings, after my kids leave for school, I take our rescue dog and she and I walk around the lake. She does whatever it is dogs do on a walk, and I clear my mind.
I feel endorphins…
Often, I talk to myself—I’m pretty sure I’m getting a “crazy lady” rep. I feel the endorphins kick in and suddenly my creative knots unkink. If I’m truly inspired, I dictate into my phone so I remember what I was thinking later. But regardless of my level of inspiration, when I sit down in front of my computer, I can write.
That’s not to say everything I write is perfect. Not in the least. But it’s easier to fix a page of words than it is to fill a blank one!
Tips From Jennifer:
Best Author Tip: Keep writing! An author’s life is filled with rejections and bad reviews and lack of inspiration. Take a moment to wallow—a very short moment—and then shake it off, remember why you started writing in the first place and get back to it!
Best Marketing Tip: Step out of your shell and talk to people, both in person and online. The more readers get to know you, the more inclined they’ll be to read and promote your books.
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Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.
In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and doesn’t share her chocolate.
She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. All are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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