Yep, that's me. For the last few days, I been completely blank. My imagination has been dry. I've started many stories, one is more than half done, but I can't finish any of them. None of my characters want to come out to play.
Yes, this has happened before. And I'm sure it will pass. But, right now, my well has run dry. Maybe I'm trying too hard. Maybe I'm not trying hard enough. I remember the good old days, when I could crank out a chapter a day. Some of them were good, some not so much. But I could always fix the not so good parts.
I keep remembering you can't fix a blank page. But what do you do if you have absolutely nothing to put on the page. What do you do when your mind is as blank as the page?
Thursday, August 21
Last Monday I forgot my phone at home when I went to Barnes and Noble to write. I also didn't have a watch on.
So--essentially I had no distractions and nothing to track the time. Fortunately I didn't have any plans for the rest of the day.
Especially because I spent almost four hours there and wrote nine pages. Nine pages!
For me, that's quite the accomplishment.
Apparently if I don't allow myself to be distracted, I can be quite productive.
Have I done it since?
I think for the most part I was more writing productive when I had a job to work my writing around. I've always been a person who works best under pressure. Or maybe I just say that because I procrastinate until I have pressure and I don't have a choice. Vicious cycle.
But being a lady of leisure, I don't have to fit my writing into my day. I can do it whenever--first thing in the morning,mid-afternoon,at night. In which case, I procrastinate until I'm too tired or have plans.
After almost six weeks of not working, I still haven't figured out a schedule--except for not turning on the television or taking/making a call to my sister, Wendy.
So, I come to you writing pen in hand, and ask--how do you make it work? Any organizational or scheduling advice taken.
Wednesday, August 20
I like that quote. A lot. I think because I like to see people happy...and when someone around me is happy, it makes me happy. Happy. Happy. Happy.
Writing gives me a lot of joy, even when the writing is ... slow. Or when I cut out more than I've added in (which happened just last week). I act of putting words on paper, even bad words, and telling a story in a way that only I can tell it is...inspiring. And exciting. A lot intimidating. But at the core, I like the act of storytelling - I like the wide-eyed, whats-coming-next feeling, I like the satisfied sigh that comes with reading The End, I like the tummy-clenching excitement of opening the document and seeing the first few words of a brand new book spill from my fingers to the page.
Quilting gives me a lot of joy. I'm not a great quilter, but the act of putting together colors and designs and realizing women have been doing this simple act for years for their families makes me feel connected to history in a weird way.
RadioMan and bebe give me so much joy sometimes I get a little teary just thinking about them. They spent all day yesterday at an amusement park and texted pictures throughout the day of the things they were doing. The bond between them showed in every frame and that was a huge addition of joy to my day.
I could go on, but you have other things to read today.
Wandering around with a big, goofy grin on my face is one of my favorite things. I'm feeling happy because: the WIP is going well, I just turned in AAs for my first SuperRomance, I have 2 books coming out next month, school starts in a week, we're celebrating RadioMan's birthday all weekend, my birthday is right around the corner (these things call for cake and how can cake not make us happy?)...the list goes on. But, it's your turn: what gives you joy? And how do you share it?
Tuesday, August 19
Maximum Risk/Romantic Suspense
It should have been a simple rescue mission…
Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.
But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple…
Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again.
Content Warning: Sexual content
Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Lowery
White-hot pain pulsed through his arm. Quinn clamped a hand over the wound, cursing a blue streak. “Kell? Where the hell are you?”
Kell was a damn ghost—one minute he was there, the next he was gone and bodies were dropping. They’d managed to lure the army in the opposite direction and now the bastards were chasing their own tails.
“Right behind you, bro.”
Not in the mood for Kell’s warped sense of humor, he swung around and started trekking in the direction of the chopper. Warm blood leaked through his fingers.
“You should wrap that.” Kell melted out of the trees and fell into step beside him.
“Just a scratch.”
Kell shrugged. “You’re the medic.”
Quinn cast him a look and said into his lip mic, “Savat, ETA twenty minutes. Immediate take-off, so be ready.”
“Copy that…Fuck! Hold on.”
Something popped in Quinn’s ear and he drew back. “Savat, what the hell’s going on?”
“We’re taking fire!”
Hi Wordwranglers and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, Maximum Risk (Book #1, Wolff Securities) released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!!
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I love music almost as much as I love writing. Probably because my hubby played in a band when I met him and my son has his own band now. Yeah, practice in my basement every weekend, lol. For most of my stories I have playlists. Songs that fit my story and my characters, the mood of the story, the theme. For Maximum Risk I had a pretty short playlist, but it was intense and fit my story perfectly. Want to see it? Maybe you’ll recognize some of the bands. Or maybe it’ll show my age, lol.
Maximum Risk Playlist:
Sully Erna-Avalon album
Adele-Make You Feel My Love
Rihanna - Stay feat. Mikky Ekko
Anew Revolution-Head Against the Wall
Metallica-The Day That Never Comes
See, told you it was short, lol. But, these awesome artists got me through the writing of Maximum Risk and I thank them for it! To this day whenever I hear any of these songs I am taken back to the scenes I was writing when I heard them and the emotions I felt as I wrote them. I fall in love with Quinn and Avery and this story all over again J
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Thank you for having me today, Wordwranglers! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support!
All my best,
All my best,
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.
Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.
Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
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