September 9, 2013

Courting the Muse: ROW80

Last Wednesday, I wrote a post detailing my difficulties inspiring my muse on Book 2 of the Tala Prophecy trilogy: Fear of the Blank Page.

Fortunately, I have some amazing author and blogger friends who offered some amazing advice to kickstart my writing. Jo Michaels, my editor and all-around giving author, had a great post last week to help writers overcome the slow days: Writing Prompts and Exercises. Sometimes, you have to step away from your book and just get the writing juices flowing. Creativity begets creativity.

In addition, Jo re-shared a post from earlier this year: When the Muse Steps Out of the Room. It contains simple, yet highly effective, tools to lure your muse back.

Thanks to all the advice and Jo's articles, my muse visited several times last week. Even more exciting, I stuck to a real writing schedule--my only goal right now for A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80). I'm a bit behind on sponsor posts, but I will make up for lost time tomorrow. But, only after I write.

Also, I've decided the best way for me to prep Book 2 is to re-read Chasing Memories and take detailed notes to 1) avoid any inconsistencies and 2) to get re-energized about the story.

Some news...

Today, I'm over at BookKraze visiting the lovely Coco White for the IndieCredible event. Stop by my post to find out what traits irritate me in female characters. And for fun, what traits most irritate you in a main female character (no matter what genre)?

While you are there, enter to win an eReader of choice (and remaining funds on a gift card). If you'd like to see a schedule of authors for the month-long Indie-Credible event, please visit my post here.

Oh, and for those of you who participate in the Insecure Writer's Support Group (#IWSG) or simply read my insecurities here, Alex J. Cavanaugh is launching (with some writer buddies) the Insecure Writer's Support Group website, hopefully in October. Find out more about it here.

Wow, it's hard to believe but Round 3 of #ROW80 ends in just a few weeks and Round 4 starts October 7. Hope everyone is rocking the end of the round.


Jo Michaels said...

I just finished reading the scads of reviews on Chasing Memories. We did good! There were a lot of compliments on the writing, cover, and pacing of the story. YAY! I'm glad to have read book one and am eagerly anticipating book two in my inbox :)

I'm glad my posts helped you out. Giving folks writing assignments after I do a series on how to do something is important to me. Good to see your muse is back. Mine is taking a vacation today. Lots of stinking errands and housework after we have the kids for a weekend, ya know? LOL!

Good to know CM2 is under way. WRITE ON!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the links to Jo's blog, I'll definitely be checking those out over the week. Fiction has been on the back burner for so long due to other obligations that I think my muse retired! LOL

Way to go on the wordage and new life in the story. Hope this week nets even more for you.

Shah Wharton said...

Lots of lovely links. Thanks Tia, have a great week. X