You can embrace your creative drive!

You can embrace your creative drive!

You can embrace your creative drive!

How Kim got her creative drive My first real book was published when I was in my forties. Somewhere between grade school and the mid-life crisis, I became a real writer. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN? Well, first of all you have to answer in the affirmative to that creative urge-that nudge that says, “Hey, why not?” For me, I perused book stores like a homeless person eyes shelters. I needed books. I needed the escapism it offered. I was a writer who was fighting off the writing urge. But don’t do like I did. Don’t fight it!  Read books.

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How to steal like the great writers do

How to steal like the great writers do

Steal stuff Something a lot of writers are doing right now is asking themselves what they should do about a story they are stuck on. Well, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. What does this mean exactly? Idea theft.  Read a lot of books by authors you like and respect. Figure out how they do what they do that appeals to you and go and do likewise. Listen to others tell their stories, let your muse poke you and give you an idea on how you could tell a similar one with your own spin. Word theft. There are

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In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

What goes on in this story that makes someone want to read it – and other “shadows” that authors think about as they design cover art and write blurbs. Ever experience a time in your writing life when you stare at the screen absently and mutter to yourself, “What now?”  And this is not some mental block that keeps you from writing. Oh no. It’s more like the inescapable time when you have to consider what will work for your cover art, and what won’t, and you are stricken with a lack of ideas for blurbs. My hubby, who is a

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Five Actions to Beat Procrastination

Five Actions to Beat Procrastination

I think I have found about five actions you can take to beat procrastination. Procrastination is the action of putting off doing something, a postponing of a deadline.  Have you ever procrastinated? I think we all have. Especially in school. We didn’t really WANT to put in the work to finish that science project, or that history project. We didn’t want to work on that speech debate in college either, did we? Well, procrastination is my favorite friend these days. I mean I have been inching toward the third book in the Shannon Wallace mystery series. I selected a few

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How to Keep Writing When You Want to Quit

How to Keep Writing When You Want to Quit “I just can’t bring myself to do it anymore.” This came from a writer friend of mine who had found that it wasn’t the end-all be-all in her life the way it once had been. She wanted to quit. She did quit. Have you ever been there? It happens to me all the time. Quitting is something that I am very familiar with. I started quitting things when my mother put me in Art Linkletter’s dance classes at like six years old. Just yesterday, I wanted to quit doing sit ups

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