My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts
Today, it's my stop on #MySummer blog tour, and I have a lovely guest post by Caroline Roberts. This guest post is also the first of my new features on my blog, and it's called:
"When In Doubt I Turn To..."
Life of a writer is a creative one, but sometimes the creativity just doesn't flow as smoothly as they would like to so when an author doubts their writing work what do they do?
Well, Caroline Roberts is here on my blog to tell us how she pushes her writing doubts away with a few tricks and treats.
When In Doubt I Turn To" ...by Caroline Roberts
As a writer, there are often times when a scene in your book just doesn’t flow or you feel stuck, and that can feel horrible when a deadline is looming. So far, I have never suffered from writer’s block (am I tempting fate here?!), but I do have some safeguards to help me through:
Read it out loud. If it’s a phrase or shorter section bothering you, hearing it spoken can really help.
A cup of tea/coffee with some chocolate or a nice biscuit. Just getting up to put the kettle on and breaking away from the writing for a few minutes is a good idea.
Go for a walk. I live in the most beautiful countryside in Northumberland with some gorgeous beaches nearby, so I’ll head off and walk my spaniel, Meg. Fresh air and exercise in a lovely place often clears my brain fog and relaxes me enough to then go back and crack on.
Sleep on it. It’s amazing what your subconscious can do overnight. I often wake with a great idea or light bulb moment.
Chat to a friend/editor/other writer.
If I’m still not getting any writing inspiration, I’ll then put an ‘XX’ in the text so I can easily find it again on a word search, and then I’ll leap frog over that scene to the next section that I really want to write. Sometimes, I can even jump to the last scene of the book. Often, I find that the section I was struggling with is best not there at all, or just needs to be a joining paragraph between more amusing or heartfelt parts of the story. So, if you aren’t inspired by a scene, others may not be too, and it may not need to be there at all.
Try not to get too worried about it, it will all work out in the end! I haven’t ever finished a book at editing stage with an XX still in it or a section missed out, but it may take you to write the whole book for you to realise what you needed to do. Be nice to yourself and trust in your instincts and creativity.
Find out more about Caroline and her brand new book My Summer of Magic Moments here
Claire is ready for a bright new chapter. Winding her way to the coast for a cosy cottage retreat, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.
Claire’s a survivor – she’s growing proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its sparkle.
Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. Will a little summer romance prove the worst distraction? Or might it be the perfect remedy?
A gorgeous, heartwarming novel to make your heart soar from the author of The Cosy Teashop in the Castle.
A huge thank you to Caroline Roberts and HaperImpulse!
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