So I didn't join the blog hop last week (I spent a romantic weekend in Victoria with Mr.C instead), but it was such a fun topic I didn't want to miss out completely, so this week you get a double dose of the Romance Writers Weekly Blog!
Last week, A.S. Fenichel asked: What can’t you live without? Tell us some things you can’t do without.
It can be coffee from your favorite shop or a pink tee-shirt. Whatever it is, tell us about it and why you can’t go on without it.
If we're talking about writing, the number one thing I can't live without is the Internet. I use it constantly when I am writing – looking up better words with an online thesaurus, or fact checking topics like "the world's most famous cello pieces." And my laptop would be number two. The flexibity to move from room to room, or even write outside, cannot be overstated!
When it comes to non-writing "things", it is harder to choose. I love my morning cup of coffee, but if I had to, I could live without it. Same goes for my after work glass of wine. I adore my e-reader for its ease of use and ability to store thousands of books, but reading a "real" book holds a special joy as well. If I try to think of objects that are irreplaceable, the first thing that comes to mind are family photos. We are a big picture taking family (maybe because both my husband and I work in television and are very visual people) and the thought of losing all those photos from when our children were small is heart-breaking.
What would you find it difficult to live without? Leave a comment below and join the conversation!
Now to this week's topic!
Jenna Da Sie wants to know: What do you do when writer’s block hits? Share some tips for our fellow writers.
Even if you're not a writer, it is easy to get blocked, to feel uninspired and blasé. Show of hands among you who stand in the kitchen at 5 o'clock each day and can't think of anything to make for dinner? Yeah, I thought so!
As a writer, the best way to unblock is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that getting words on the page – any words – is better than nothing. Nora Roberts is credited with saying "I can fix a bad page. I can't fix a blank page." And I truly believe this. Sometimes the only way through is to put your head down and keep going, no matter how bad you think it is!
So glad you joined me this week! Keep on hopping round the blog with the instigator of this week's topic, Jenna Da Sie.
By the way - Romance Writers Weekly member, Xio Axelrod,
recently became a New York Time Bestseller as one of the authors of
Hot on Ice: A Hockey Anthology!
We are all very excited and proud of her!
I have read a few of the novellas in the box set already, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Congratulations, Xio!