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Courting The Muse

There's nothing quite so satisfying for a writer as when the creative well overflows, when your characters pull you out of bed every day, begging you to tell their story and give them life. For most writers, these creative bursts are rare, fine moments. Treasure them while you can! In between these deeply imaginative times,

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Drawing a Blank

I've heard successful writers proclaim they don't get writer's block because they won't allow themselves to get writer's block. Others have said that writer's block is related to motivation, or lack of. All I know are my own painful experiences of starting a new book and eventually drawing a blank. I've learned some techniques to

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Short & Sweet: Where I Get Ideas

I write contemporary category romances. They're short. They're intense. And they're sexy. But each new book needs new plot and I'm always looking for suggestions as well as inspiration. Some of my best research and freshest ideas have come from: 1) People Magazine (especially the annual issue of "Sexiest Men") Writing for Harlequin Presents I

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The Coffee Shop Writer, Or Brewing Up Inspiration

What is it about coffee shops that kick start a writer’s muse? I first tried hauling my laptop to my local java hut after reading Natalie Goldberg’s books. Natalie, author of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, suggests writing in coffee shops and I was at the point where if someone had advised painting

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Twisting an Old Plot into a Fresh Idea

Sherry-Anne Jacobs, author of 18 published novels so far, wrote something in her handbook called Plotting and Editing that made a great deal of sense to me. On page 19, under the heading, What Makes Your Book special?, she writes: "All the time you're writing, whichever method you use, you should bear in mind that

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