The Right Ritual

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When I decided to pursue my writing dream, I imagined one of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne visiting each morning, taking my hand, and guiding me to the computer. There, she would remain, offering words of encouragement until I produced my daily quota of words.

That was the fantasy.

The reality was very different.

I was unprepared for the tyranny of the blank page. While everything was in place—business cards, new computer, dreams of a runaway best-seller—my writing muscles refused to budge.

Continue reading on the Just Romantic Suspense blog.


Featured in Renaissance Magazine

renaissancejanuaryI’m thrilled to be featured in this month’s salute to Creative Minds in Renaissance Magazine, a quarterly publication for RTO-ERO (Retired Teachers of Ontario) members.

You can read about my writing journey in “Revisiting the Dream” on Pages 30 and 31.

Download the magazine here.


The Right Title

booktitle1Once I have the initial spark of an idea, I let it percolate for several days, sometimes longer, until a handful of words come to mind. Those two to six words provide the starting signal for a marathon of sixty to eighty thousand words. Even though it may undergo several incarnations, that working title inspires and motivates me to complete the manuscript.

Not everyone starts with a title. Some authors spend years writing and polishing a manuscript and then tack on a title, often as an afterthought. Others may brainstorm pages full of ideas and then ask friends and relatives for advice. Regardless of the method used, one fact is clear: The right title (and cover) will catch the reader’s eye in an overcrowded marketplace.

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My Word for 2016

2015 was a busy and productive year. Two of my novels, A Season for Killing Blondes and The Coming of Arabella were released within months of each other. In between edits and promotion, I started several new projects. By the end of the year, I had six storylines in various stages of completion and had succumbed to another bout of writers’ block. While many of my author friends can juggle several manuscripts at one time, I find my creative energy weakened whenever I throw too many irons in the fire.

The solution is a simple and straightforward one: Select one of the storylines and focus my time and attention on its completion. And say NO to new projects, regardless of how tantalizing they may appear.

For that reason, I am selecting FOCUS as my word for 2016.

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FOCUS ♦ MESSA A FUOCO ♦ CONCENTRER ♦ FOKUS ♦ FOCO

Have you selected a word for 2016?