Monday, January 27, 2014

Guest: Rachel Leigh Talking about Writer's Block

Today, I'm please to have Rachel Leigh on my blog talking about Writer's Block

Writers Block – it arrived and bit me in the butt!!

For the first time since I started writing for publication back in 2010, I am in the middle of my first ever writing slump and need to vent some frustration!

I can’t help feeling my inability to move on with my current work in progress has been brought on by karma. I have always said that ‘writer’s block’ doesn’t exist. Just write! Anything…everything…it can always be edited, changed or cut, just write. Well, I’ve tried and tried and still I keep looking at what I’ve written and say to myself, “What in the world is that supposed to mean? Do? Say? It’s complete rubbish.”

The answer, of course, is that something is wrong with the book itself, whether that be the plot or characters…but lord knows what! Thankfully, I have an amazing editor and an amazing critique partner who is stalwartly trying to pull me through this mire. I think the problem lies with my heroine and her motivation. It’s flimsier than a pair of seven denier pantyhose! No doubt, the mist will clear eventually… L

So what happens next? Back to the drawing board, I think. My editor has a lot more belief in me than I do right now but that’s what writing is, it’s a hard, dirty job that a huge amount of aspiring writers give up on. Teem the hard work, with the lack of ideas, with the time constraints, with the rejection and you’ve got to ask yourself, “WHY am I doing this?”

The answer is clear to anyone who feels, like me, they’ve found their calling…we HAVE to do this or be less than half the person we were meant to be. So onwards and upwards…watch this space for the result!

Rachel’s latest release is set in the UK show jumping world – Teach Me To is available right now from The Wild Rose Press. 

Here’s the blurb and buy links:

Caroline James wants to be the best investigative journalist London has ever seen. But until she has the money to leave the small town of Fayre Mead, she's stuck and her resentment is building. So when she’s assigned to cover the Lakeland Horse Trials and meets sexy, dark-haired, and astoundingly fit horse trainer, Michael Canton, she is happy to vent some sexual and emotional frustration…and write the story of her career. But after getting personal with Michael, can she remain impersonal with the article?

Michael Canton will do anything in his power to silence his tyrannical father once and for all. Under extreme pressure to compete in the countries show jumper trials and prove his worth, Michael’s fiery emotions are running high. Caroline’s beauty and sexual confidence stokes an inner strength and determination he never knew he had. But can he trust her to know the difference between fact and fiction? Together, they are a formidable team…but will their burning ambitions ultimately blow them apart?

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Rachel Leigh lives in the UK and has been married to her own sexy hero for fifteen years.

With four novellas contracted with The Wild Rose Press, Rachel is busy plotting her fifth, sixth and seventh. She plans to venture into the historical genre for the first time and write a trio of novellas set in a small English village in the early1900s. The characters we meet aren’t quite as prim and proper as they seem…

When Rachel isn't writing, she's reading, watching TV, running around after her two daughters....or playing with her husband. 


Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year and Goals

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone  had a great New Year and partied like there was no tomorrow : )

As the new year dawns, I look back on the previous year and look at was accomplished on my goal list.

Every year I write goals for the year, as they are related to my writing business, then put them away only to pull them out at the end of that year.

For 2013 out of 27 goals, I accomplished 17 of them so that wasn't bad.  Then I realized there were 8 more goals I had completed that were not on the list.

I feel really good about what I accomplished in 2013.  It was a transition year for me, with moving to Washington State, getting settled in a brand new home, dealing with family and just the ups and downs of life.

I've already written my goals for 2014 and there are a lot of them, but I'm determined to make this my best year yet.

Have a great week.