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By E.D. Vaughn

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Writing poses many challenges, and I love every second of it. Honest… even the bad days of growling at the computer non-stop. I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I’ve realized we all go through an ebb and flow with writing and I’ve accepted this… more or less. And there are times I want to scream (and often do freaking out the poor Corgi in the process).

The latest problem: How do you get into your character’s mindset? Continue reading

Get to Know E.D. Vaughn

Through Scribophile, I not only found a way to procrastinate and not write, I also found a lot of wonderful writer friends who are supportive and creative. They make inspiration happen. I may have to start another blog and showcase each of them to give you an idea of how wonderful a community these writers are. E.D. Vaughn was scheduled to blog today, but I thought I would tell you about her talents instead. Here’s her author’s bio: Continue reading

Without further ado, I present to you… my baby! by Taylor Sullivan

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It’s finally here! I’m so close I can taste it!  On August 10th, 2015… only days away, I will be a published author. I will write more about my experience in my next rotation,(because I learned a ton! About editing, formatting, DBA’s, and all the little details that will drive you crazy!) but for now, I want to show you a little be of Home to You! Continue reading

Pages of Possibility by Polly J Brown

The Happy Author’s Guild is filled with fantastic advice: pantsing versus plotting; how to feed in backstory; where to find inspiration. Today is my turn to impart a little bit of wisdom. I can’t take full credit for this wisdom because it was given to me by a wonderful creative writing instructor (and Anne Lamott also discusses it in her book “Bird by Bird”), but I think it is worth sharing. Continue reading

Dominating the Editor by E.M. Youman

I wrapped the cords around her wrist. She squirmed beneath me, lace garters scratched against my arm and I chuckled at her feeble attempts. Shackled, she rose to her knees and crawled along the bed toward me.
She cocked an eyebrow. “You think this will hold me?” she flexed her wrist against the telephone cord. One, two, three her arms broke free from the double buntline knot. A satisfied smile curled her lips and she lay back against the sheets. “If you had paid more attention to your sailing research you’d know how to tie a proper knot. Now back to that scene you just wrote. Cut it. Cut it all.” Continue reading

Hitch Your Wagon to a Rodeo Star

Last April, an amazing thing happened. Five of my writer friends and I published an anthology of hot, somewhat paranormal romances. Here’s what the blurb says:

In the city of Anteros, you might find yourself at the Bowman’s Inn. You could be lonely, hurting, or lost more than you know. The bartender, Valentine Archer, will know just what you need. He not only looks like a Greek god, he used to be one. Cupid prefers to be called Val these days. But he still knows how to mend a broken heart. Continue reading

For Crying Out Loud: More on Writing Emotion by Lizzie Hermanson

So you’re curled up with a box of chocolates, enjoying your latest romance novel. You’re right there with the character, immersed in the action. Then a lone tear rolls down her cheek, and suddenly, you’re not feeling it anymore; for a micro second, you’re taken out of the story and something jars.

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Capture The Moments by Kathryn L. James

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. – Bob Marley

Writer’s inspiration can come from anywhere. It’s the same as feeling the rain instead of simply getting soaked. Don’t just be amidst the world, look around, see it, feel it and embrace your surroundings. Inspiration can come from the least expected places, people and time.

Take for instance, a stunning sunset. Seize the moment regardless if your characters are relaxing on the beach, picnicking in the country, hiking on a mountainside, or having mindless sex on the balcony of a penthouse. A dreamy sky painted orange, yellow, purple and red are the same everywhere and add to the romantic scene.   Capture the moments and feel the beauty.

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Sunshine can be found in the middle of a storm. Many times rain is thought of as dreary, but add a couple sharing a passionate hot kiss and everything changes.

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Young hugging couple kissing under a rain, in passion

Picture an old barn sitting in the middle of a pasture. Visualize a lone oak tree with KG + JP 4-ever carved in the center of an etched out heart. What if a the high school couple who placed those initials broke up after graduation and met back up, say ten years later at a mutual friends wedding. Chapters later, he finds her standing beside the tree tracing her fingers over their initials. . . and so a story is birthed all because the writer caught sight of a big red barn along the highway on his/her way to work.

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What about waiting in line at a fast food drive through. Summer is here. People are shuffling about the parking area. Music is in the air. Cars moving forward. The vehicle in front exchanges money and head to the next window. The driver of a sleek SUV following reaches the payment window only to find the car in front purchased the meal in “A Pay It Forward”. Maybe he recognized her vehicle from the gym, parking garage or perhaps personalized license plates. Regardless, it all unfolds because the writer paid attention during a frantic lunch break.

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*Find inspiration everywhere.
*Embrace it.
*Be observant. In all things, there is something more.
*Let the mind wander and explore.
*Take pictures using a phone so when writing the vivid colors come to life in the story.
*Listen. There is inspiration in people talking and music. One word can spark a story.

Happy Writing and Until Next Time,

Kathryn L. James (KJ)

Bundu bashing through a jungle of languages by Cayenne Michaels

It’s a bit ironic that I, as one of the few non-Americans on this blog, have the privilege of wishing all the rest of you a happy 4th July. But here you go: HAPPY 4th July to all of you from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Joburg, South Africa.

If it hadn’t been for a kind soul reminding me, I’d probably forgotten about it altogether. Which, I suppose, in a way, would be quite fitting for this post because it’s about different set of references in a way. Continue reading