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Sunday, October 16, 2011

BLOG TOUR: The Writer's Voice on Overcoming Writer's Block

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The Writers Voice 
Where you get to know the people behind the pages 
(Please stop by and follow us at http://ourbooksourvoice.blogspot.com

This is Emma Michaels, the author of 'The Thirteenth Chime’ and
'Anasazi' and I am taking over! Don’t worry, it is only for one post. To
introduce you to the team of amazing authors who are a part of a new
blog called, ‘The Writers Voice’. A blog run by 11 authors and dedicated
to letting you get to know each of us and the authors we feature! Here
is a glimpse at a few of our perspectives by seeing our answers to:


Do you ever get writers block? How do you suggest aspiring authors overcome their own bouts of writers block?


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 “I’ve never had writer’s block. I’d like to say I don’t believe in it, but I know others who didn’t believe and still got attacked by it. I’m watchful. ;) If an aspiring author has writer’s block, I’d tell her to stop editing and just write. My first drafts are filled with comments, random thoughts, and chapters out of order. I just go with it.”

-Megg Jensen







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“The chaos of my life can squelch my voice in a heartbeat. If there are too many other things demanding my attention, my characters have to wait. But when things calm down, I like to run dialog in the shower—something about the heat and noise gets my brain moving. But if my characters are picketing and refusing to give me a good scene, I have to read something else, watch something else, or work on another scene until the answers come clear.”
-Brenda Pandos


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“When I get writers block, I usually take a short break from writing. Most of the time this helps me work through it.”

-Jessica Sorensen









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“I get writers block on occasion. Almost every single time, it’s because I’m forcing the story, rather than letting the characters tell me what happened. They balk when I try to take too much control. If I’ve just written a scene that I think is right or am about to write one I think belongs, but they don’t, they won’t move forward and tell me what happens next because they don’t know. It’s no longer their story. When I let them tell me the story, the words just flow.”
-Kristie Cook




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“I never experienced “writers block” per se. I suggest to just write down anything that comes to mind, even if it doesn’t make sense. You can always go back and fix it later.”

-Kim Richardson










Oh yeah, did I mention we have amazing guest authors? 
Here is a sneak peak of a few of the interviews we have planned for the future:


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“I hate to say this, but I don't actually believe writer's block exists! I think writer's block is what happens when we are too scared to put words on the page because we think they aren't good enough, or they are trite, or over done, or boring, or don't further the plot, or whatever million fears we concoct in our heads. When I find myself stuck, or frozen at the keyboard, I simply remind myself that it's okay to put garbage on the page. The first thing you write is never the best thing. That's the process. It's messy and ugly and a lot of what you write will end up in the trash. But if you don't give yourself permission to write the trash, you'll never get to the good stuff. ”

-Inara Scott



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"Yes but I call it my lazy block. I suggest that you pick up a book you’ve already read and love, open it up to a random page and start reading. Your memory should kick in and remind you of events that led to that passage and things that will happen. That should help kick start your imagination and help with the block."
-Devyn Dawson










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"I do have a few ways to get rid of it though that never fail me. Brainstorming with a friend who knows the story well almost always works for me. When that doesn't work taking a shower usually does. I used to think that was odd until I heard more and more authors say it works for them too!"

-Heather McCorkle











I hope you will join us at The Writers Voice and hear more from our team and other writers from around the web! 

“The Writers Voice: Where you get to know the people behind the pages”

3 comments:

  1. Inara Scott's word ring true for me. And it also echoes what a past writing professor said to me. Even though I majored in English with an emphasis on writing, I kind of have a phobia of writing. I'm so self-conscious about it that it actually inhibits my ability to write. I need to take Inara Scott's words to heart so I can overcome it!

    - Jackie

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting us and for the TTC Giveaway!!!!!!! <3

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