Veronica Bale

MUSINGS, RAMBLINGS AND THE OTHER STUFF IN MY HEAD

I was going to write a post about inspiration today. It was going to be full of tips from top writers about how they find inspiration for their work, and suggestions for how you can keep yours as you complete your work in progress. After doing a whole bunch of research, and coming across tons …

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I never procrastinate. Said no writer ever. We’re an unusual bunch, we writers, aren’t we? We’re highly creative and driven to succeed. We can turn a raw idea into a glorious paragraph of literary genius as magically as Rumpelstiltskin turns straw into gold. We create worlds, build cities, meddle with relationships and play God with …

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“I don’t believe anyone ever suspects how completely unsure I am of my work and myself and what tortures of self-doubting the doubt of others has always given me.” It may surprise you to learn that this quote is from none other than Thomas “Tennessee” Lanier Williams the 3rd, one of the most celebrated playwrites …

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No matter what our genre, we authors – traditionally published, self-published and aspiring – can agree to one absolute truth: All writers are readers first and foremost! We scribblers are influenced heavily by what we read. Some books make a positive impression, some a negative one. Then there are some that have made such a lasting impression …

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“I loved that book. I really felt like I could not relate to the characters one bit.” Said no one ever. Writing real characters is an essential feature of a story that moves readers and pulls at their heart strings. Yet it’s one of the most misunderstood elements of fiction. Ranking right up there with …

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As most of us scribblers out there know (scribblers – I love that term for writers … courtesy of Stephen King, as an aside) the publishing industry has changed. Whether you’re a self-published author or you’ve landed a traditional publishing contract, marketing, to a large degree (if not entirely) is in your hands. Twitter, Facebook, …

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As a book reviewer with Coffee Time Romance and More, I read a lot of romance books. In so doing, I have the opportunity to see the classic themes that we all know and adore of our love stories, written over and again, in different ways and from different angles. No matter how overdone a particular …

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