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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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Getting Beyond Blocked

Dear Barbara, A few weeks ago, I decided to get serious about writing the romance novel that burns inside me. I made an outline, worked out my characters, got an idea of the various scenes I want to include, did my research and made heaps of notes. The problem is, now that it's actually time

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Recapturing The Muse Who Abandoned You

From the day I first discovered her lurking in my head, my muse, Gertrude, and I shared a terrific relationship. That is, until recently. After five blissful years and seven and a half completed manuscripts, Gertrude took an unapproved vacation. No warning, no disagreement to precipitate her departure. One day she was there, the next

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The Ideas of March

When I sold my first book, I was ecstatic -- until I hit a writer's block that lasted for a year and a half. Now that I've experienced it, I know that it's both real and painful for a lot of writers. It's not that you can't write -- you show up to the page,

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What Causes Writer's Block

It’s very simple: our subconscious (which is our friend and wants to help us) believes that writing is dangerous, and so it wants to stop us doing it. And because our subconscious, as the root of our creativity, is where our stories come from, it’s in a very good position to stop us writing! So,

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