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Today we are taking part in the She Can Run Blog Tour which started on Dec 5th and ends today. Melinda Leigh is being toured by her Tribute books and for more information on this tour click HERE. She going to share a bit about her thoughts on Writer’s Block and then we’ve posted a bit on the book itself.
The Writer’s Arch Enemy
First of all I want to thank Sugarbeat’s Books for hosting a stop on my blog tour. The release of a book is no doubt always thrilling for an author, but SHE CAN RUN is my debut novel so its release is even more exciting.
Writer’s Block. Those two words strike terror into the hearts of authors everywhere. Yet, every writer I’ve ever spoken with has dealt with it a time or two or fifty.
Writers aren’t machines, but they are usually on deadlines. With pressure to produce multiple titles each year, an author can’t afford to wait for inspiration to strike. A bout of writer’s block can really throw off a schedule. How does a writer work through an absence of creativity? For me the answer isn’t very creative.
Yes, you read that correctly. I battle writer’s block with the rampant use of index cards. I am the queen of note cards.
Anyone else having horrible flashbacks of high school term papers?
I keep stacks and stacks of note cards on hand. A card gets filled out for every scene. Written scenes are put on a magnetic dry erase board. Originally, I wrote directly on the board. But moving scenes required a lot of messy erasing. Messy board = messy plot. With note cards, I can swap, delete, or add scenes as necessary. And I can do it neatly.
I know what you’re thinking. I am not an overly organized nut. Really.
Getting back to my writer’s block. When I don’t know what happens next, I review my storyboard. Then I peruse the stack of note cards that haven’t made it to the board yet. I find something that I know needs to happen. Then I skip ahead and write that scene. The act of writing sometimes jars brain cells into action. At some point I get back to the spot that had me stumped. Once, I got totally stuck on a scene only to find out later that I didn’t even need it. My subconscious knew it all along.
When all else fails, I have go-to critique partners that often can help get my book back on track.
Want to know more about me or my debut book, SHE CAN RUN? Check out my website, MelindaLeighAuthor.com. Readers can also connect with me on Facebook & Twitter.
Thanks for reading!
She Can Run Book Summary
She Can Run is a sexy, satisfying debut from award-winning author Melinda Leigh, packed with enough suspense and romance to get even the tamest heart racing!
Release: November 28, 2011
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Publisher’s Weekly Review:
“In her debut romantic suspense, Leigh carefully weaves the subplot of a serial killer with the main plot of an abused wife on the run and successfully ties the threads in a thrilling conclusion… Leigh’s tight, consistent plotting marks her as an author to watch.”
Barb, thanks for hosting Melinda today and for helping to spread the word about “She Can Run.”
Melinda – I always appreciate a simple answer to a complex problem. Note cards are a great tool to use to break out of a writing slump.